Lesser Swallow Prominent

Pheosia gnoma

 Lesser Swallow Prominent Pheosia gnoma

A distinctly marked moth with a whitish forewing with dark brown markings. Easily confused with Swallow Prominent (Pheosia tremula), which lacks the white wedge-shaped tornal streak. Wingspan 48mm.

 Lesser Swallow Prominent Pheosia gnoma

The caterpillars feed on birch.

 Lesser Swallow Prominent Pheosia gnoma

The adults fly in two generations, late April to June, and July to August. Attracted to light. Found in woodland, heathland, moorland, downland, parks and gardens. Resident, common and widespread throughout the British Isles.

 Lesser Swallow Prominent Pheosia gnoma


June 2013, rear garden, Staffordshire. ยฉ Pete Hillman 2013.

 

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4 thoughts on “Lesser Swallow Prominent

  1. I’m continually amazed at how many different species of moth you have in your garden, Pete.
    Either you’ve got the perfect plant array to attract them all OR they know you need some specimens for photography ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for your lovely comment, Vicki. It may be a combination of both, with an element of luck thrown in. There is a woodland but a stone’s throw away, and fields, and a river and a canal, and I think the varied landscape is probably one of the main features. But I do like my plants, and tend to plant ones which attract pollinating insects.

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