Phlogophora meticulosa – This is quite an extraordinary looking moth. Very distinctively shaped and patterned which make it resemble a withered leaf to a would be predator from the air. It rests with its wings folded in an unusual fashion. Wingspan 45-50mm. Related to Small Angle Shades (Euplexia lucipara).
It flies May to October, in two generations, although recorded all year round. Attracted to light and sugar, and feeds on flowers. Often seen during the day resting on walls, fences and foliage. Found in a wide range of habitats, including gardens, parks, hedgerows and woodland. Common and widespread throughout the British Isles.
The caterpillar feeds on wild and cultivated woody and herbaceous plants, including Red Valerian, Stinging Nettle, and Broad-leaved Dock.
Rear garden, Staffordshire, May 2014. © Peter Hillman