|The Olive Tree Pearl Moth (Palpita vitrealis) or Jasmine Moth is a micro moth of the family Crambidae which is in the genus Palpita. This widespread species occurs in southern Europe as well as Africa, Asia, Australia and America. The larvae feed on a number of plant species including Olive Trees (Olea europea) and Jasmine (Jasminum officinale). This migratory species has a wingspan of 27–31 mm. In Europe, it is on the wing from June to December and also occurs as a rare but regular migrant further north in Europe, including to coastal locations in southwest Ireland.
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Monday 12 August 2013
Labels: Cape Clear Island, Co.Cork, Ireland, Irish Moths, Jasmine Moth, lepidoptera, micro moth, moths, Moths of Europe, Moths of Ireland., October, Olive Tree Pearl Moth, Palpita vitrealis
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The Poplar Hawk-moth (Laothoe populi) is a macro moth of the family Sphingidae which is in the genus Laothoe. It is commonly found throughout the Palearctic region and the Near East . It is quiet large and has a wing span of up to 100mm.
This distinctively shaped moth is on the wing from May to September and can be double brooded. The adults do not feed and the species overwinters as a pupa. It is readily attracted to outdoor lights.
Labels: Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim, hawk moth, Ireland, Irish Moths, Kiltybarden, Laothoe populi, macro moth, moth, moths, Moths of Europe, Moths of Ireland., Saint John's Lake