Fig 1
ADULT: Wingspan - 40 - 55mm. The long narrow greyish wings, black longitudinal lines, bizarre shape and flight time all go to make this excellent moth easily identifiable. The black streaks do not extend into the wing fringes - a chief ID feature. CHRYSALIS: Pupates underground. LARVA: Feeds on Thistles, hawk-Weeds and Wild Lettuces. BEHAVIOUR: Attracted to light. HABITAT: Urban gardens, rough open country and coastal areas. FLIGHT PERIOD: Single brooded. June to August. STATUS: Resident and common becoming more localised towards the north.

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