A brown moth with gold central markings and purplish-black markings near the hook-tips and along the wing edge but missing the central wing spots of the Pebble and Dusky Hook-tips. Rests with wings held out flat.
The adults are seldom seen, except in light traps. The larvae can be seen from late July to late September and are thought to live high in the canopy. They overwinter as pupae in a thin cocoon inside a curled leaf.
Size and Family
- Family – Hook-tips (Drepanidae)
- Medium Sized
- Wingspan Range – 34-40mm
- UK BAP: Not listed
- Red Data Book
Caterpillar Food Plants
Small-leaved Lime (Tilia cordata)
Woodland with abundant Small-leaved Lime.
- Countries – England and Wales
- Restricted to the Wye Valley, on the border between Monmouthshire and Gloucestershire. Also a suspected occasional immigrant.
Scarce Hook-tip - Ben Sale
Scarce Hook-tip - Ilia Ustyantsev