Small Angle Shades Euplexia lucipara

Family Noctuidae » Subfamily Xyleninae » Euplexia lucipara (Linnaeus, 1758) 73.114 (BF2305)
Forewing length 14-17 mm. Not only does this moth share a similar name with the larger Angle Shades (Phlogophora meticulosa), it also has the same resting posture, creasing its wings so it closely resembles a dead leaf. Note the usually distinctive golden-yellow kidney-mark on each forewing. The larva feeds at night on Bracken (Pteridium aquilinum) and other ferns, as well as a number of plants and trees. The adult flies in June and July, sometimes with a later generation in August and September. It is readily attracted to light sources. Found in woodland, parkland and suburban habitats like gardens. Common and widespread throughout most of Britain.

Caught in moth trap, back garden, South Staffordshire. June 2011. © Peter Hillman.