Survival strategy

Feathered Thorn is a type of moth which flew into our house this week, attracted by the light.

It flys at this time of year which makes it unusual since many moths fly in the warmer months of summer. There must of course be some advantages in being out when there are few others. I would guess there are fewer predators at this end of the year eg birds feeding broods . I imagine there are fewer bats about, spiders and predatory insects. I watched a wasp catch and kill an early thorn moth this

male feathered thorn, Killeshandra, 7th nov 08

male feathered thorn, Killeshandra, 7th nov 08

July as I examined the contents of my moth trap one morning. The wasp neatly bit off each of the four wings. It positioned the remaining thorax and abdomen parallel to its self and flew off, with the copse underneath, in its legs . So maybe flying at this time of year is one survival strategy of another species of moth. It must be resistant to the cold!

From the books the larvae are feeding on various trees in May and June which is also when many other larvae are found. I wonder do the adults feed much.

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