This species has an unmistakable skull-like marking on its thorax. When disturbed it can make a squeaking sound by passing air over a reed like structure in its proboscis. Larvae are occasionally found in organic potato crops.
Folklore regards this moth as an omen of death. In Greek mythology, Atropos, one of the three daughters of Necessity, cuts the thread of life.
Gardens and allotments amongst potato crops.
Recorded in 16 (5.9%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.
Last recorded in September 2009
Recorded date range (Adult): 18 September to 21 October
Recorded date range (Larva/Leafmine): 12 September to 24 September
Recorded date range (Pupa): 14 November to 14 November