An irregular blog of photos taken by me of insects and other natural history subjects on my travels around Yorkshire, Britain and Europe. Hopefully you'll find them useful in putting a name to your own specimens but always check your identifications with an expert.

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Chimney Sweeper, Yorkshire 14/06/14

An uncommon yet widespread daytime flying moth in Yorkshire is the Chimney Sweeper Odezia atrata. It inhabits grassy meadows and is locally distributed throughout most of Britain but is fairly common near me. The single generation flies in June and July, the larvae feeding mainly on the flowers of Pignut Conopodium majus.