Garden Pebble

Evergestis forficalis

Garden Pebble Evergestis forficalis

This moth has a distinctive wing repose when at rest, for it folds the wings like a tent above its body. It has an ochreous forewing with rusty brown line markings. It has two conspicuous dark rusty-brown discal spots. Wingspan 25 to 28mm.

Garden Pebble Evergestis forficalis

The caterpillars can be a pest to gardeners for they eat various Cruciferae, especially Cabbage, Turnip and Horseradish.

The adults fly in two broods, one May to June, and the other August to September. Attracted to light. Found in gardens and allotments. Common and widespread throughout the British Isles.

May 2011, rear garden, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2011.

4 thoughts on “Garden Pebble

  1. I have no real knowledge of moths but great pictures and information as always. Quick question somewhat related that I thought you might know. Sometimes when I buy bird seed, within a few days of opening it I end up moths, not a bunch just a few but I was wondering if you knew what kind they would be and also do you think they are hatching or just hidden in the seeds somewhere? They are small, brown and beige and keep their wings folded in making them slim not fanned out like the ones in your pictures above. Maybe you will just know otherwise I’ll try to get a picture next time I buy seed.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words. Yes, a photograph may help in identifying your moths. There are quite a few species similar to as you describe, so could be anybodys guess really, but sounds like it maybe one of micro-moths, of which there are many more species than the larger macro-moths.


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