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1917 Early Thorn Selenia dentaria

Brief Description: The commonest ?thorn? occurring, as it name implies, as early as February into the spring but again in July-September. Second generation individuals are usually smaller and often paler but with stronger contrasting colours. It occurs in a variety of habitats where its larvae will feed on a wide range of woody plants.

Confusion Species: This is the only ?thorn? which rests with wings tightly shut like a butterfly. All other thorns hold their wings out at an angle.

Comments: Commonly encountered at light.

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Donegal Moths
Butterflies and Moths of Northern Ireland
Ukmoths

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