The Snout - Hypena proboscidalis

Alternative names
Snout Moth

Wingspan 25-38 mm. Unmistakeable because of its long 'snout'.

Identification difficulty

A wide range of habitats, including woodland, scrub, hedgerows, gardens, rough meadows and marshes.

When to see it

This moth can often be found in numbers around dusk, flying over patches of the foodplant, Common Nettle. It is on the wing from June to August and again later in the autumn and is a common visitor to the light-trap.

Life History

Larva feeds on Nettle.

UK Status

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

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire & 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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