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 23-27mm. The adult flies late June to early August, and it is attracted to light. Found in woodland, parkland and orchards. A resident species, widespread but local in the south of England and Wales. The larva feeds on lichens growing on deciduous and coniferous trees.

Beautiful Hook-tip Laspeyria flexula

Beautiful Hook-tip Laspeyria flexula

Beautiful Hook-tip Laspeyria flexula

Attracted to moth trap, rear garden, June 2018. Nikon D7200 Β© Peter Hillman.

20 thoughts on “Beautiful Hook-tip

  1. I liked the eye/ground cover match too and when I viewed the larger version I was quite taken aback to see a “face” looking back at me from the eye! It was most unexpected!

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    1. Thank you, Liz πŸ™‚ ‘Pareidolia’ is fairly strong with me, and has been since I was a child and could see different faces in the old patterned linoleum covering my parents kitchen floor. Gnarled tree trunks and shapely clouds do it for me also πŸ™‚ Yet oddly I never noticed the face in the eye until you mentioned it! πŸ™‚

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  2. Beautiful, wonderful pictures, Pete!! This moth is so alluring and fascinating. And these close-ups are amazing.

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