Natural Connections

What do the following have in common?

Lunar Thorn  Selenia lunularia
Privet Hawk-moth  Sphinx ligustri
Ash Bud Moth  Prays fraxinella
Brick  Agrochola circellaris
Mottled Beauty  Alcis repandata
Lilac Beauty  Apeira syringaria
Twin-spotted Quaker  Orthosia munda
Brown Oak Tortrix  Archips crataegana
Variegated Golden Tortrix  Archips xylosteana
Centre-barred Sallow  Atethmia centrago
Tawny Pinion  Lithophane semibrunnea
Ash-bark Knot-horn  Euzophera pinguis
Ash Pug  Eupithecia innotata f. fraxinata
November Moth  Epirrita dilutata
Dusky Thorn  Ennomos fuscantaria
Coronet  Craniophora ligustri
Privet Twist  Clepsis consimilana
Common Slender  Caloptilia syringella
Feathered Slender  Caloptilia cuculipennella
Brown Ash Ermel  Zelleria hepariella

Although it sounds a bit like an Oxbridge entry exam question, the clues are in the English names … They are all moths – ones native to the UK.  More than that, they are the moths that use the Ash as a foodstuff.  This picture is of the Dusky Thorn.  The Wildlife Trusts say that at least 60 of the rarest insect species in Britain have an association with ash – mostly rare beetles and flies.

The Wildlife Trusts website has an informative section on the Ash and Ash dieback, which is where this detail comes from.


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