Scientific name: Hypena proboscidalis
Two generations in southern Britain from June to early August and late August to mid-October. One generation in the north from June to August. Common throughout Britain but absent from Shetland and the Hebrides.
The adults have broad forewings, slightly hooked at the tips, with distinct cross-lines, variable in colour from brown to dullish-grey brown. They get their English name from their long, unturned palps.
The larvae can be found from August to the following May feeding at night and hiding during the day between spun leaves of the foodplant.
Size and Family
- Family – Snouts (Noctuidae)
- Small Sized
- Wingspan – 30-38mm
- UK BAP: Not listed
Caterpillar Food Plants
Common Nettle (Urtica dioica).
Woodland, scrub, hedgerows, gardens, riverbanks, wetlands and a wide range of other places where the foodplant occurs.
- Countries – England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland
- Common and well distributed throughout most of Britain, Ireland and the Channel Islands. Not recorded in Shetland or the Outer Hebrides.