Wingspan 18-22 mm.
This unusual-looking moth combines its wing-pattern and resting posture to give the appearance of a bird-dropping, thus avoiding the attention of hungry birds.
It has two generations in the year, May and June, then again in August, when the adults can be attracted by light.
It occurs fairly commonly in England, Wales, Ireland and southern Scotland, and can be found in hedgerows, gardens and woodland…UK Moths
A moderately sized moth with tawny or olive brown and straw coloured forewings, with a broad whitish central band, pinched in the middle and with a neat chequered fringe.Usually seen by day flying in sunshine during mid summer or nectaring on flowers and is particularly fond of Knapweed and Ragwort. Also flies at night.
Wingspan 23-28 mm. This attractive moth is fairly common in the southern counties of England and Wales, but scarcer further north and in Ireland. The adult rests with the wings held in such a position that the reddish cross-lines of the fore and hind wings form a continuous band. The fringes are also suffused with pink. It has two generations, from May to July and in August and September. The larvae feed on low-growing plants such as dock (Rumex).
Wingspan 25-35 mm.
A primarily woodland species, which is distributed locally in the south and west of England and Wales, and parts of Ireland. Occasional records from elsewhere are considered to be probable migrants.
The single generation flies in June and July, when it can sometimes be found flying in the daytime. It is also nocturnal, coming to light.
Feeding on lichens and algae growing on tree-trunks, the larvae live in autumn, and the species overwinters as a pupa.
Muslin Moth Diaphora mendica
Wingspan 28-38 mm.
It occurs in woodland, downland and suburban habitats, and is relatively common in most of Britain.
The larvae feed on a variety of low plants, including dock (Rumex) and chickweed (Stellaria).