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Description of Species

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This chapter presents descriptions of list of families of species with its sub families; some of the families described are: Hepialidae, Cossidae, Zygaenidae, Limacodidae, Sesiidae, Hesperiidae and Papilionidae. The descriptions contain larva, food plants, habits and plate. There are five members of the Hepialidae primitive family, all resident, to be found in the British Isles and all their larvae adopt a subterranean existence, feeding on or inside the roots of their food plant. Both sexes of adults are freely attracted to light and, although females will lay eggs readily in boxes, it is not normally practical to attempt to rear them through due to the time of development and effort involved. The eggs are scattered at random while the females are flying and are white, changing to black after a short period. Sometimes the larvae will be found by chance and they have been noted on occasions wandering above ground.

Keywords: Cossidae; Hepialidae; Hesperiidae; Papilionidae; Zygaenidae



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