Mother Shipton Noctuidae

Euclidia mi (Clerck, 1759)

Description: Wingspan 30-34 mm. A small dayflying moth which is active in sunshine. Forewings brown with an ochreous white line that forms a shape said to resemble the profile of a legendary Yorkshire witch. Antemedian and postmedian lines white, the former is straight and quite oblique; the latter is dentate forming a loop that connects with the antemedian line. Subterminal line is pale and quite straight. Hindwings dark brown with a series of pale ochreous spots forming a terminal line. There is also a discal spot and a pale chequered fringe.

Key Identification Features:

Sets:  male upperside

Flight Period: Early May to late June.

Status: Widely distributed across all counties including Rathlin Island. It is more frequently encountered in parts of east Down, north Armagh and Fermanagh.

Ecology: A small dayflying species which can be easily overlooked. Adults can be found in dry grassland including flowery meadows and railway embankments and also woodland rides and clearings. The adults rest on flowers and leaves and are often difficult to approach as they fly at the least sign of disturbance. The larvae can be found from July to September on various coarse grasses.

World Distribution: Eurasiatic; common and widespread throughout western Europe as far north as the Fennoscandia and the Arctic Circle.

Bradley & Fletcher number: 2462 Agassiz number: 72.084

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=6567

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