The chimney sweeper moth flies during the daytime. throughout the months of June and July. The wing length is between 24-30 mm. They fly close to the ground and feed on pignut, where they lay their eggs.
The caterpillars feed on pignut too.
Last summer i was sitting in the meadow listening to the birds singing when I noticed a small black moth, feeding on the pigut flowers. I was fascinated and decided to do some research and discovered lots of information. I decided to write the following poem.
Chimney Sweeper Moth
Jet-black wings drift with grace,
Sooty flashes embellish this place.
Diamond tips, bright and on view,
Glint in the meadow; a vibrant hue.
Frothy pignut with creamy foam,
Your feeding larder and favoured home.
You flutter and fly near to the ground,
On the wildflower lea, where you are found.
I have been a member of the Butterfly-conservation.org for the last four years.