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It is, perhaps, strange that this predominantly white moth should be called the black arches. When you look at closely, however, you can see a series of black arches across the forewings and I guess that is where the name comes from.

This smart, attractive moth is quite common in August and is mainly a species of woodland and you may, apparently, ocassionally find them asleep during the day on oak tree trunks which is the main food plant of its larvae.



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Sites List Distribution Map Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Original Tweets Relatives Guidance Notes
Common Name Black Arches
Scientific Name Lymantria monacha
Interest Level
Species Family Kitten, Prominent and Tussock moths
Preferred Environment
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Additional Identification Notes