Gold Triangle - Hypsopygia costalis

    Description

    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
    Habitat

    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)

    Reference
    62.075 BF1413

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map