Beautiful Hook-tip

Laspeyria flexula

Beautiful Hook-tip Laspeyria flexula

This moth has strongly hooked rusty-brown wingtips. It has a greyish-brown forewing ground colour, often with a pinkish-lilac hue. It has distinctive cross-lines, with the lower one following through on the hindwing. Wingspan 28 to 36mm.

The caterpillar feeds on lichens growing on deciduous and coniferous trees.

It flies late June to early August, and is attracted to light. Found in woodland, parkland and orchards. A resident species, widespread but local in the south of England and Wales.

July 2013, rear garden, Staffordshire. Nikon Coolpix P500. © Pete Hillman 2013.


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