Friday, August 22, 2008

Orange Tree North Fife

Mock Orange tree at a farm in Glenduckie North Fife. Today I visited with the aim of purchasing a bale of hay, I did and espied this Japanese Mock Orange(PITTOSPORUM). I remembered as a much younger man living in the English Midlands the heavily scented micro-environment that these orange trees create. Hugely attractive to night flying insects and moths, particularly a moth called Burnished Brass.

Burnished Brass Moth. Diachrysia chrysitis - Family: Noctuidae. Food plant.
Adults: dead nettle (Lamium sp.), nettle (Urtica dioica), woundwort (Stachys sp.); caterpillars: the main foodplant is stinging nettle, but other nettles, burdock, spear thistle and spear-mint have all been recorded.

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