Description: A distinctive moth with pinkish-brown markings which is very common across the county. The wings are folded along the body at rest which giving the impression of a withered leaf.
Life history: The adults are attracted to light and also feed on flowering plants and grasses. They are frequently found during the day, resting on walls, fences or vegetation. They overwinter as larvae so the caterpillars may be seen all year round, feeding in mild weather. They usually pupate in a lightweight cocoon just under the soil.
Although the moth has two main generations, in Spring and Autumn, adults can be seen in every month of the year with numbers boosted by immigrants from Europe.
Recorded in 55 (95%) of 58 10k Squares. First Recorded in 1894. Last Recorded in 2023. Additional Stats