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Black-banded moth fact file

Black-banded moth description

KingdomAnimalia
PhylumArthropoda
ClassInsecta
OrderLepidoptera
FamilyNoctuidae
GenusPolymixis Black-banded moth biology

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.

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Authentication

Information authenticated by Adrian Spalding.

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Glossary

Larval
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

References

  1. Skinner, B. (1984) Colour Identification Guide to Moths of the British Isles. Viking Press, London.
  2. UK BAP Species Action Plan (December 2001): http://www.ukbap.org.uk
  3. South, R (1961) The moths of the British Isles. Frederick Warne & Co. Ltd., London.
  4. Pers. observation. From image.
  5. Spalding, A (2003) Pers. comm.
  6. Pembrokeshire Lepidoptera (December 2001): http://www.lamphey98.freeserve.co.uk/PembsLepidoptera/
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