Peach Blossom

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Thyatira batis
Peach Blossom
Thyatira batis 01.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Drepanidae
Genus: Thyatira
Species: T. batis
Binomial name
Thyatira batis
(Linnaeus, 1758)
Synonyms
  • Phalaena (Noctua) batis Linnaeus, 1758
  • Thyatira batis japonica Werny, 1966
  • Thyatira batis mandschurica Werny, 1966
  • Thyatira rubrescens wilemani Werny, 1966
  • Thyatira batis japonica Dubatolov, 1991
  • Thyatira vicina pallida Rothschild, 1920
  • Thyatira rubrescens assamensis Werny, 1966
  • Thyatira rubrescens kwangtungensis Werny, 1966
  • Thyatira rubrescens nepalensis Werny, 1966
  • Thyatira rubrescens obscura Werny, 1966
  • Thyatira rubrescens orientalis Werny, 1966
  • Thyatira rubrescens szechwana Werny, 1966
  • Thyatira rubrescens tienmushana Werny, 1966
  • Thyatira rubrescens vietnamensis Werny, 1966

The Peach Blossom (Thyatira batis) is a moth of the family Drepanidae.[1] It is found throughout Europe and is a fairly common species in the British Isles.

It is a striking species with brown forewings marked with five pink and white blotches which do rather resemble the petals of peach blossom. The hindwings are buff and grey. The wingspan is 40–45 mm. The species flies at night, in western Europe in June and July sometimes with a partial second brood emerges in late August and September. The species is attracted to light and sugar.

The larva is brown with white markings and several humps along its back. At rest it raises both ends as with many drepanids. It feeds on various Rubus species. The species overwinters as a pupa.

  1. ^ The flight season refers to the British Isles. This may vary in other parts of the range.

Subspecies[edit]

  • Thyatira batis batis
  • Thyatira batis formosicola Matsumura, 1933
  • Thyatira batis mandschurica Werny, 1966
  • Thyatira batis pallida (Rothschild, 1920)
  • Thyatira batis rubrescens Werny, 1966

References[edit]

Illustration from John Curtis's British Entomology Volume 5
  1. ^ "Peach Blossom at Markku Savela's Lepidoptera pages". Funet.fi. Retrieved 2011-12-19. 
  • Chinery, Michael Collins Guide to the Insects of Britain and Western Europe 1986 (Reprinted 1991)
  • Skinner, Bernard Colour Identification Guide to Moths of the British Isles 1984