Buff-tip - Phalera bucephala

    Alt Name
    Buff Tip

    When at rest, the adults of this species bear a remarkable resemblance to a broken twig of Silver Birch.

    Identification difficulty

    Mixed woodland.

    When to see it

    The adults fly in June and July.

    Life History

    The yellow-and-black caterpillars live gregariously and feed on a number of different deciduous trees, sometimes defoliating entire branches.

    UK Status

    The species is widely distributed and quite common throughout Britain especially in the southern half. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)

    71.025 BF1994

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    Map key:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)

    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records

    • RED = 2020+
    • DARK BLUE = 2015-2019
    • LIGHT BLUE = pre 2015


    UK Map