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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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13 May, 2016

Lomaspilis marginata: the clouded border

Although generally a night flying species the clouded border (Lomaspilis marginata) is one of those moths that you frequently encounter by day as they seem to be light sleepers and are easily disturbed! It seems to be mainly geometre moths that fall in to this category. It is not uncommon to be walking through woodland or scrubby places and see a white coloured moth fly up. It will not always be a clouded border, as other geometrid moths are easily disturbed too, but if you are able to keep your eye on them and watch for where they settle you will often get a good look at them as they try to go back to sleep.
The clouded border is quite common down here in Dorset flying in June and July. It is comfortable in many habitats including heaths, common and marshy places as well as woodland and scrub. 
One word of warning, the wing markings can be quite variable in terms of the black markings so the one you find might not look exactly like this one!
Lomaspilis marginata: the clouded border