This is a distinctive moth with slightly hooked forewings, dark brown cross-lines, and very long palps, or ‘snout’, from which the moth has inherited its vernacular name. Varies in colour from brown, greyish, or purplish brown. Wingspan 25 to 38mm.
The caterpillar feeds on Common Nettle.
The adult flies in two generations in the south, June to August, and August to October, and one generation in the north and Ireland, June to August. Found in woodland, scrub, hedgerows, wetland, riverbanks, rough fields, gardens, and other places where the caterpillar foodplant occurs. Common and widespread.
June 2011, rear garden, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2011.