Scalloped Hook-tip - Falcaria lacertinaria


Wingspan 27 to 35 mm. This species has an unusual resting posture, with the wings held in an arch over the back, resembling a dried leaf.

Identification difficulty

It is mainly a woodland species favouring areas where Birch is present.

When to see it

Double-brooded, the adults can be found on the wing in May and June, then again in August.

Life History

The larvae feed on Birch.

UK Status

It is widespread and reasonably common over much of Britain in suitable habitat. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

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

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