Angle Shades

Angle Shades Moth

Name: Angle Shades

Scientific name: Phlogophora meticulosa

Category: Minibeasts

Nature Stars: 60

What are nature stars?

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.

Where: Widespread

Natural Superpowers

  • Predator: 10
  • Agility: 70
  • Rarity: 50
  • Cute factor: 50
  • Traveller: 50

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

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