Irish moths

Peppered Moth

Family: Geometridae       Sub-family: Ennominae

1931     *     Peppered Moth     *     Biston betularia

Widespread, common
Wingspan: 35-60 mm
Colouring can be variable; f. carbonaria is mainly black, f. insularia is a genetically distinct intermediate form

Flight time: May-July.
Habitat: Woods, parks, hedges and gardens

Larvae feed on a range of deciduous trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants

Peppered Moth

Peppered Moth, Biston betularia f.insularia

Peppered Moths

Photographs: Ballingeary, Co. Cork, SW Ireland. April 2011, May 2012

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