Pale Prominent

Pterostoma palpina – This moth takes camouflage to the next level, and looks like a piece of broken wood. When disturbed it will roll onto its side and lying flat and still it just looks like a fragment of jagged bark. Everything about this moths evolution is in its instincts and camouflage. Note the large upturned palps at the front, and the twin tufted tail of the male. Forewing length 18-25mm.

Pale Prominent Pterostoma palpina

Pale Prominent Pterostoma palpina

Pale Prominent Pterostoma palpina

Pale Prominent Pterostoma palpina

Pale Prominent Pterostoma palpina

Pale Prominent Pterostoma palpina

The adult flies from My to August in two generations, and can be seen in various habitats, including woodland and gardens. Fairly frequent throughout southern Britain, less so further north. The larva feeds on poplar and sallows.


Attracted to moth trap, rear garden, Staffordshire, July 2017. Β© Peter Hillman

11 thoughts on “Pale Prominent

  1. Fantastic, Pete – some of God’s creatures have developed defensive “weapons” – to camouflage themselves that it is really difficult to see them even. Well done presentation, dear Pete πŸ™‚

    Have a great week
    Didi

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  2. Wow! That is amazing! I once had a leaf bug hide on my shirt thinking i was a leaf (I was wearing green). I didn’t know he was there till my sister told me… Your photographs of that cute moth are so pretty!

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  3. A year ago, I finally saw our butterfly that looks like a dead leaf when its wings are folded. Nature’s a clever one, for sure. I’m not certain I would have spotted this one at all.

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