2281 Alder Moth Acronicta alni ABH 73.036
Linnaeus, 1767

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Wingspan 33-38 mm.

Phenology May and June attracted to mercury vapour light but not other methods

Description A subbtly marked species with the occasional rarer melanic form occurring

Life Cycle Initially the larvae resemble a bird dropping, but when mature is distinctive, being black and yellow with a number of club-like hairs. It feeds on a number of different trees, particularly alder (Alnus glutinosa) and birch (Betula).

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