Angle Shades

Phlogophora meticulosa

Angle Shades (Phlogophora meticulosa)

This is quite an extraordinary looking moth. Very distinctively shaped and patterned which make it resemble a withered leaf to a would be predator from the air. It rests with its wings folded in an unusual fashion. Wingspan 45 to 50mm. Related to Small Angle Shades (Euplexia lucipara).

Angle Shades (Phlogophora meticulosa)

The caterpillar feeds on wild and cultivated woody and herbaceous plants, including Red Valerian, Stinging Nettle, and Broad-leaved Dock.

Angle Shades (Phlogophora meticulosa)

It flies May to October, in two generations, although recorded all year round. Attracted to light and sugar, and feeds on flowers. Often seen during the day resting on walls, fences and foliage. Found in  a wide range of habitats, including gardens, parks, hedgerows and woodland. Common and widespread throughout the British Isles.

Photographs of Angle Shades (Phlogophora meticulosa) taken May 2014, rear garden, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2014. Camera used Nikon D3200, with Sigma 105mm macro lens.

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17 thoughts on “Angle Shades

  1. For me one of the benefits of insect photography is happening upon some of the fantastic camouflage tactics of the insects. This certainly one of the more interesting ones.

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    • Thank you for your comment, David. This species, and perhaps like several others, the wing pattern and design may aid with camouflage, but the eye markings may confuse predators also, for at a glance it can look somehwhat mammalian.

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