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1640 Drinker Euthrix potatoria

Brief Description:
This robust buff or reddish brown moth can be regularly encountered in damp and marshy habitats including bogs, throughout Ireland. The larvae feed on a wide variety of grasses and reeds.
Confusion Species:
Distinguished from the other large eggars by a diagonal line running from the wing tip, across the forewing; two white spots of differing sizes and arranged as a colon are positioned halfway along the leading edge. The moth also possesses a long, thick, pig-like snout.
Readily attracted to light. Larvae can sometimes be encountered commonly in suitable habitat.

Additional information

Donegal Moths
Butterflies and Moths of Northern Ireland

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