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Can anyone help identify this butterfly?

Postby NellieTheLamb on Tue Jun 28, 2011 1:50 pm

Can anyone help identify this butterfly?

If it is a butterfly and not a moth. I found it on the inside of my bedroom window.

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Re: Can anyone help identify this butterfly?

Postby SteveMcBill on Tue Jun 28, 2011 1:54 pm

It is a moth. In fact it is a Swallow-tailed Moth (Ourapteryx sambucaria).

A spectacular species and one of our largest Geometrids, this is however reasonably common in Britain, except for northern Scotland where it is local or absent.

Being strictly nocturnal and having quite a short emergence period in July, it is not often encountered by the non-enthusiast.

The larvae feed on a number of trees and shrubs, but prefer ivy (Hedera helix).

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Re: Can anyone help identify this butterfly?

Postby NellieTheLamb on Tue Jun 28, 2011 8:53 pm

Many thanks!
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