Moffs of the Britain Islands - No. 2

Posted by Graeme Lyons , Wednesday 31 July 2019 21:33

The Butt-tip (Phalera nicotina), or Greater Snout as it is colloquially known, is a common urban moth. It has evolved to hide in plain sight among discarded cigarette butts. It can therefore be found in pub gardens, high-streets and (in abundance) in lay-bys. Attracted to lighters. Occasionally they will drink from water-filled ash trays. Anyone expecting to get one last drag from this 'cigarette' will get a nasty surprise though as the moth will emit a hot, foul liquid from its back end. The adults find their only food-plant, broom, when they are swept up after last orders.

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