The L-album Wainscot is a distinctively-marked wainscot that is restricted to the southern counties of England from Cornwall eastwards to Kent. The name obviously comes from the "L" mark on the wing, but I can't find out why it is called "L-album". Any thoughts would be appreciated. The adults fly in two generations; in July and again in September and October. This is the first of the second generation I've seen this year. In each of the last six years I've caught his moth, but this year has been the poorest for numbers. The second generation has appeared between Sept 10th and Sept 18th, so date wise it's right on time. It is most frequent in damp coastal habitats. The overwintering caterpillars feed on various grasses.
The Frosted Orange is an attractive moth, which occurs fairly commonly throughout England. It inhabits a wide range of woodlands, open ground and marshes, where it can be found on the wing from August to October. The larvae feed internally in the wide stems of such plants as thistle (Carduus spp) and burdock (Arctium), also pupating within the stem. This is the first one I've caught this Autumn, and only the second one I've caught. The first was on Sept 14th 2005, just two days earlier.