Dingy Shears - Apterogenum ypsillon
Wingspan 32 to 42 mm. A rather dull and nondescript species, as suggested by the English name.
Various habitats, especially around Willow.
The adult flight time is during June and July, and can be attracted by sugar as well as light.
The caterpillars, like the adults are rather dull. They feed on Willow at night; during the day they descend to hide amongst loose bark at the bases of the trees.
This moth is reasonably well distributed throughout England and Wales; it is scarcer in Scotland and rather rare in Ireland.
Fairly frequent but not common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = B (scarce resident or restricted distribution or regular migrant).
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