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Scientific Name: Phlogophora meticulosa
Common Name: Angle Shades
Phlogophora meticulosa, more commonly known as the Angle Shades, is a highly distinctive medium-sized moth, generally seen on the wing from May to October as the result of two broods. It rests with its wings folded longitudinally, giving the appearance of a withered leaf.
The species is a common migrant and can be found in large numbers in coastal locations. The caterpillars are stout and green or brownish, with faint stripes on every segment. Larvae that hatch in autumn overwinter as caterpillars and pupate in the soil the following spring to produce the first generation of adults that year.
The caterpillars feed on a wide range of plants including Dock (Rumex sp.) and Stinging Nettles (Urtic dioica). This moth is common throughout the UK in parks and gardens, as well as woodland edges, scrub and hedgerows.
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