The Silver Hook is named after the distinctive creamy white hook-like markings on the otherwise deep brown forewings. It is a smallish, slender moth with grey streaks along the leading and trailing edges of the wing which can have a pinkish tinge when freshly emerged. Although it can be seen flying by day and is easily disturbed from vegetation, it also flies at night.

Size and Family

  • Family – Eustrotiines
  • Small Sized 

Conservation status

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

Caterpillar Food Plants

The larva feeds on various grasses and sedges including Tufted Hair-grass and Wood Sedge.

Habitat

Boggy heathlands, marshes, fens, and damp upland grassy moorland.

Distribution

  • Countries – England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland
  • Restricted to areas of suitable habitat in southern England, Wales, northern and eastern England, south and western Scotland, Isle of Man and Ireland. Seldom seen in numbers except in East Anglia, and Kerry and Co. Louth.
 
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