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1732 Shaded Broad-bar Scotopteryx chenopodiata

Brief Description: Found in a wide variety of grassland habitats, flies freely in warm sunshine when it could be mistaken for a brown butterfly. The larvae feed on clovers and vetches but it is commonest in herb-rich habitats.

Confusion Species: The only truly similar species is the much rarer Mallow which flies later in the year and has a number of separation features including white scaling on the crosslines of the forewing. The commoner Snout can look similar but it has, as its name implies, a long snout.

Comments: Attracted to light but larger numbers are often encountered in daytime.

Additional information

Donegal Moths
Butterflies and Moths of Northern Ireland

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