Pebble Prominent Notodontidae

Notodonta ziczac (Linnaeus, 1758)

Description: Wingspan 42-52mm. Adults are ochreous-brown and, like other prominents, rest with their wing held tightly over their body. The forewings have a pebble-shaped mark and a dark, curved postmedian line towards the apex of the wing. The hindwing is pale, whitish-brown with a dark, discal lunule. The thorax and abdomen are dark brown and quite hairy.

Key Identification Features:

Sets:  male upperside

Flight Period: Early May to late August.

Status: Common and widespread over much of N. Ireland and on Rathlin Island.

Ecology: A distinctive species found in a variety of habitats including, bogs, fens, damp woodland and other marshy areas. Adults come frequently to light in small numbers and are regularly seen in garden traps. The larvae are often found on the lower branches of small willows growing on the margins of woodland and on isolated trees. July and August appear to be the best months to find the larvae, when they are large and easily spotted. It overwinters as a pupa.

World Distribution: Throughout Europe to eastern Asia.

Bradley & Fletcher number: 2003 Agassiz number: 71.013

Additional information:

UK Moths account

Caterpillar: 

 Thompson, R. S. & Nelson, B., 2003 (Oct 2). [In] The Butterflies and Moths of Northern Ireland
http://www.ulstermuseum.org.uk/lepidoptera/species.asp?item=6089

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