Oak Hook-tip - Watsonalla binaria


Wingspan 18-30 mm. The 'Hook-tip' moths get their name from the shape of the tips of the forewings and this species is one of the smaller members of the group.

Identification difficulty

Occurring in Oak woodland and parkland.

When to see it

It is double-brooded, flying in May and June and again in August. Mainly nocturnal in habits, it can be attracted to light.

Life History

As may be expected, Oak is the larval foodplant.

UK Status

Reasonably common in the southern half of Britain. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Fairly 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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