Saturday, 29 November 2008

Chimney Sweeper (Odezia atrata)

Adult Chimney Sweeper (subspecies ) at Geddington, Northants - Month 20

OTHER NAMES: Chimney Sweeper Moth, Chimney Sweep
Featured Subspecies: ?
Wingspan: 23-27mm
UK STATUS NOT EVALUATED IUCN Red List: Not Yet Evaluated 

A small distinctive species of moth that is day flying - particularly in bright sunshine - yet almost entirely black except for the fringes of it's forewings.  It inhabits grassy meadows, especially in chalky or limestone based areas. It has only a single generation per year flying in June and July.

Related Species:
Order: Lepidoptera 
Family: Noctuidae 
Genus: Phlogophora 
SUBSPECIES: O. a. atrata, O. a. meridionalis, O. a. pyrenaica

- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM A fairly common resident
 - Seen in Geddington

Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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