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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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14 September, 2016

Lacanobia w-latinum: the Light brocade

It is a shame that many moths are nocturnal and never seen. Some may not, at first glance seem very much to look as but even what seems a rather dull specimen reveals beauty when seen close up under the magnification of the camera lens.
The light brocade (Lacanobia w-latinum) is quite common, even if rarely seen, in southern England being on the wing as an adult from May through until July. Here in the south in good years there is sometimes a second brood in late September and on into October. It is moth who frequents dry, scrubby places where the larvae feed an a wide range of woody plants and so, in gardens near such habitat and with woody shrubs in it there is always a chance of seeing the adult at rest or at the window. The larvae pupates in the autumn and over winters as a pupa before hatching in the late spring.
Lacanobia w-latinum: the Light brocade