Angle Shades

Phlogophora meticulosaThis 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 45-50mm. Related to Small Angle Shades (Euplexia lucipara).

Angle Shades (Phlogophora meticulosa)

Angle Shades (Phlogophora meticulosa)

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.

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

Rear garden, Staffordshire, May 2014. © Peter Hillman

17 thoughts on “Angle Shades

    • Thank you, Greta 🙂 Butterflies and moths belong to the same order Lepidoptera, and are quite a well-adapted group of insects in many ways, as well as looking pretty 🙂

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  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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