Nettle-tap

Anthophila fabriciana

Nettle-tap Anthophila fabriciana

This is quite a small day flying moth with brown coloured forewings and distinctive white crosslines. Unlikely to be confused with any other species. Wingspan: 10 to 15mm.

Nettle-tap Anthophila fabriciana

The caterpillars feed on nettle.

The adults fly May to October. They are seen in various habitats, including woodland rides and hedgerows. Often found resting on nettles in the daytime. An abundant and widespread species thoughout Britain.


May 2012 and June 2013, local woodland margin, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2012 and 2013.

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