Chocolate-tip - Clostera curtula


Wingspan 27-35 mm. An unmistakable species with the red-brown 'chocolate' wing tips, as well as a similar coloured stripe on the crown of the head and red-brown feet.

Identification difficulty

Woodland and well wooded areas.

When to see it

The English population has two generations, with adults at large in April and May, and again in August and September. In Scotland the species is single-brooded, flying from June to July.

Life History

The larvae feed on Poplar especially Aspen as well as Willow.

UK Status

Having a disjointed distribution, this moth can be found in the southern half of England and in Wales, but elsewhere only in parts of Scotland. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as local.

VC55 Status

Previously regarded as uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland numbers seem to be increasing recently and the status may need to be reviewed. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded)

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Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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