The Angle Shades is identifiable by the distinctive patterns on its wings. The wings themselves are held pointing backwards which gives rise to an arrowhead like shape when the moth is at rest. The moth’s colour is mostly light brown but it has a v-shaped pattern of a darker brown with hints of pink and green on each wing.
- Larvae: The caterpillar is green or brown with light stripes along its body and spots down its flanks.
- Latin name: Phlogophora meticulosa
- Size: 45-52mm wingspan.
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The Angle Shades is a common moth which often migratory. Despite being nocturnal, this species may be seen during the day resting amongst foliage or on trees, though its camouflage often makes it well hidden. Thanks to the production of two yearly broods, it can be seen on the wing from May all the way through to October. The second brood will overwinter as larvae in the soil but can emerge on warmer winter nights. The adults feed on nectar while the larvae will happily munch through a variety of plants, particularly stinging nettles.
In the garden
Like with other moths, nectar-rich plants will attract them to your garden, as well as plants such as stinging nettles or dock, which their larvae can feast upon. Though mostly active at night, look out for them at rest during the day on surfaces which may camouflage them, such as fences, trees or amongst leaf piles. And remember to look out for the distinctive v-shaped wing patterns for identification.