Barred Hook-tip

  • Barred Hook-tip
    Barred Hook-tip

Scientific name: Watsonalla cultraria

May - September. England, Wales and occasionally in southern Scotland and Ireland.

Orange-brown small sized moth with a darker central cross-band and one (rarely two) pale, brown central dot on the forewing.

Found in beech woods and in places with mature beech trees. It can be confused with the Oak Hook-tip, but the Barred Hook-tip has a darker central cross-band on the forewing and usually only one central spot and no central dots on the hindwing. The male occasionally flies during the day around the foodplant.

Size and Family

  • Family – Hook-tips (Drepanidae)
  • Small Sized 

Conservation status

  • UK BAP: Not listed
  • Local (found in some areas)

Particular Caterpillar Food Plants



  • Countries – England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland
  • Well distributed in southern England, but it is more restricted further north, through Wales to the Humber. Occasionally recorded in northern England and southern Scotland. The moth has only been recorded once in Ireland.


The moth is found in beech woodlands, in particular those on calcareous soils. It can also be found in areas with mature isolated beech trees.