Fig 1
ADULT: Wingspan 42-55mm.  Resembling a broken birch twig the flattened buff coloured head, silvery-grey wings with black markings and pale buff blotch at wing tip make this moth quite distinct.  Wings are held vertically along the body giving a rounded appearance. CHRYSALIS: Located during winter in an underground cell. LARVA: July to September on various deciduous trees such as lime, oak and elm. BEHAVIOUR: Attracted to light. HABITAT: Hedgerows, gardens, parkland, open scrub and woodland. FLIGHT PERIOD: One generation.  Late May to July.  Comes to light. STATUS: Resident.  Common.

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