Somewhat similar in appearance to the Pebble Hook-tip (Drepana falcataria falcataria) with warm brown colouring and wings held out flat at rest. However, the central spots on the forewings are small and the hindwings have a strong cross-line.
The larvae are found in mainland Europe where the breeding takes place and they overwinter as pupae similarly to the other species of Hook-tips.
Size and Family
- Family – Hook-tips (Drepanidae)
- Medium Sized
- Wingspan Range – 32-42mm
- UK BAP: Not listed
Caterpillar Food Plants
Birch (Betula sp.) Alder (Alnus glutinosa) and oak in mainland Europe.
- Countries – England
- Immigrant. First recorded in 1960 with scattered records since, mainly on or near the south coast from Cornwall to Lincolnshire.
Dusky Hook-tip - Ilia Ustyantsev
Dusky Hook-tip - Tony Morris