Gold Triangle - Hypsopygia costalis


Wingspan 16-23 mm. This beautiful little moth has two distinctly different resting postures. In one, the moth adopts a 'triangular' shape, with the hindwings hidden by the forewings. At full rest, all four wings are splayed out and the tip of the abdomen is tilted upward.

Identification difficulty

Species is found in gardens, woodlands and farmland.

When to see it

The nocturnal adults fly in July and August.

Life History

The larvae feed in dry vegetable matter, such as haystacks and thatch.

UK Status

Reasonably common in the southern half of Britain at least. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

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

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

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