Friday, 7 March 2014

Yellow Horned

Added Yellow Horned and Clouded Drab to the year list last night.
The Yellow Horned owes both it English and Latin names (Achyla flavicornis) to the bright orange antennae which are clearly seen in the photo below.
In the last annual report of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Entomological Society (2010) the only records of the Yellow Horned in Derbyshire were from Darley Dale submitted by Simon Roddis and I. 
The species has historically only been recorded from a small number of sites in Derbyshire. The lava feed on both Silver and Downy Birch which is very widespread in the Peak District so it may be the fact that the flight season is typically March when there is less moth trapping activity which may explain the paucity of records.
Yellow Horned

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