The Clay Mythimna ferrago
The Clay Mythimna ferrago
Adult • © John Knowler

73.298 BF2193

The Clay Mythimna ferrago

(Fabricius, 1787)

Wingspan 35-40 mm.

Relatively common over most of Britain, this moth often has a pinkish tinge to the forewings.

It occupies a range of habitats, though preferring more wooded areas, and flies during July and August.

The male has a distinctive black triangle, or chevron on the underside of the abdomen.

The caterpillars feed chiefly on various grasses, but also on low plants such as dandelion (Taraxacum) and chickweed (Stellaria).
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