Beauty In Survival

Buff-tip (Phalera bucephala) – I guess one might not think this to be a moth on first appearance. One of its ways of continuing survival is to mimic a broken off piece of a birch twig, right down to that silvery dusting on top. Even though I have seen this kind of thing before, I am still in awe of what nature presents to us all!

Buff-tip Phalera bucephala

Buff-tip Phalera bucephala

Buff-tip Phalera bucephala

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

Buff-tip

Phalera bucephala – Around 2:30 this morning I discovered this large moth resting on my shed. It is a master of disguise, for it can look like a broken Silver Birch twig. When at rest it holds its wings almost vertically against its body. Wingspan 42 to 55mm. The adult flies June and July, and is mainly seen in mixed woodland. Common and widespread. The larvae feed on various broadleaved trees including birches and sallows.

Buff-tip Phalera bucephala

Buff-tip Phalera bucephala

Buff-tip Phalera bucephala

Buff-tip Phalera bucephala

Buff-tip Phalera bucephala

Attracted to moth trap, rear garden, July 2017. Nikon D7200 © Peter Hillman.