Name: Angle Shades
Scientific name: Phlogophora meticulosa
Nature Stars: 60
About: A medium-sized moth, about 3cm long. Adults fly from May to July. The caterpillars are large and yellow, with a black head and a ring of short black stripes on every segment, with a covering of thin, upright, silky hairs. The caterpillars often gather together in quite large numbers, eating the leaves of birch and willow trees. Quite a common moth in parks and gardens, as well as woodland edges, scrub and hedgerows.
How to identify: Unmistakeable. Often found amongst dead leaves.
Fantastic fact: With its intricate patterning of pinky brown, cream and greyish green, the Angle Shades moth is perfectly camouflaged as a curled up dead leaf.
Photograph credit: Rachel Scopes