A single-brooded moth, adults are on the wing in August and September. The egg over-winters and the caterpillars are present the following year from March to early July, and can be found feeding at night on the leaves and flowers of the foodplant Black-banded moth range
Precise details of the distribution of this scarce moth are invertebrates_freshwater
Black-banded moth habitat
This species is found on coastal cliffs where the larval foodplant thrift (Armeria maritima) is present Black-banded moth status
Classified as Nationally Scarce in Great Britain Black-banded moth threats
There is no evidence to indicate that the species has suffered a decline in recent years, and the factors contributing to the scarcity of this moth are invertebrates_freshwater
Black-banded moth conservation
The Black-banded moth has been targeted by the UK Biodiversity Action Plan as a species for conservation action. The Species Action Plan aims to maintain the invertebrates_freshwater
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Further reading on moths:
Leverton, R. (2001) Enjoying moths. Poyser, London.
Skinner, B. (1984) Moths of the British Isles. Penguin Books, Harmondsworth
Young, M. (1997) The natural history of moths. Poyser, London.
Information authenticated by Adrian Spalding.
- Of the stage in an animal's lifecycle after it hatches from the egg. Larvae are typically very different in appearance to adults; they are able to feed and move around but usually are unable to reproduce.
- Single brooded
- (Also known as 'univoltine'). Insect life cycle that takes 12 months to be complete, and involves a single generation. The egg, larva, pinvertebrates_freshwater
- Skinner, B. (1984) Colour Identification Guide to Moths of the British Isles. Viking Press, London.
- UK BAP Species Action Plan (December 2001): http://www.ukbap.org.uk
- South, R (1961) The moths of the British Isles. Frederick Warne & Co. Ltd., London.
- Pers. observation. From image.
- Spalding, A (2003) Pers. comm.
- Pembrokeshire Lepidoptera (December 2001): http://www.lamphey98.freeserve.co.uk/PembsLepidoptera/