Pale Prominent - Pterostoma palpina


Wingspan 35-55 mm. A distinctive moth when at rest, though well camouflaged, it has long labial palps and tufts on the tail segment, creating an elongated appearance.

Identification difficulty

Woodland, scrub and gardens.

When to see it

It flies in May and June and, in the south, again in August.

Life History

The larval food plants are Poplar and Willow.

UK Status

Occurring throughout much of Britain, it is most common in the south. 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

UK Map