An unmistakeable and distinctive moth with broad, strongly hooked forewings with a scalloped edge and white cross-lines. The wings are dark greyish-brown with colourful orange blotches near the base and centre of the forewings.
The adults overwinter in caves, barns or outbuildings. They are most often found feeding after dark on flowers and overripe berries. The caterpillars can be found from May to July and again in August in the south.
Size and Family
- Family – Noctuidae
- Medium Sized
- Wingspan Range – 38-46mm
- UK BAP: Not listed
Caterpillar Food Plants
Willows, Aspen (Populus tremula) and other poplars.
Open broadleaved woodland, hedgerows, scrub, fens, heathland, parks and gardens where the foodplants can be found.
- Countries – England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland
- Common and well distributed throughout England, Wales, Ireland and the Isle of Man. Local in Scotland.