Fig 1
ADULT: Wingspan 45-65mm. The variably marked brown and white forewings and bluish-black spotted fiery orange hindwings make this moth a real stunner.  The thorax is furry brown topped by a vivid red band of fur on the head.  The hindwings have a pale-orange edge.  Antennae are white.  Rarer yellow forms of this moth occur. CHRYSALIS: Thin and located on or near the ground of foodplant. LARVA: Known as a 'Woolly Bear' and found on nettles, docks, hounds tongue and several garden plants. BEHAVIOUR: Attracted to light. HABITAT: Open woodland, scrubby dune systems, gardens, riverbanks and damp meadows. FLIGHT PERIOD: Single brooded.  July to August. STATUS: Resident.  Common.

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