Barred Hook-tip - Watsonalla cultraria


Wingspan 20 to 28 mm. The English name describes it well. It is an orangey brown species with a darker central bar to the wings which are hook-tipped.

Identification difficulty

Various habitats, often around Beech trees.

When to see it

This is a double-brooded species, with the adults appearing in May and June, then again in late July and August.

Life History

At night it is attracted to light, but the males also fly in the sunshine, when they can be seen usually among the higher branches of beech trees. The caterpillar is brown, with a pale blotch on the back, and a short tail horn. It feeds on Beech and pupates in a cocoon between two leaves.

UK Status

Distributed locally in the southern half of Britain. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as local.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant).

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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