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

Conservation status

  • UK BAP: Not listed
  • Immigrant

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

Dusky Hook-tip - Tony Morris

Dusky Hook-tip