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Buff-tip
Phalera bucephala (Linnaeus, 1758)
Notodontidae: Phalerinae
1994 / 71.025
Photo © Ken Palmer,  (digitised by G. Follows)

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Similar Norfolk Species: None
Forewing: M 22-26mm. F 26-34mm.
Flight: One generation May-July.
Foodplant:   Broadleaved trees. Birches, sallows, oaks, Hazel.
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
Norfolk Status
This is an unusual and striking moth with a large pale cream blotch on each wing tip.
The species creates the illusion it is just a dead and peeling piece of birch or oak stem when at rest, so fooling its predators into thinking it is not edible!

Know as the Moon Bird in Germany.

Recorded in 68 (99%) of 69 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1834.
Last Recorded in 2020.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
26/05/2020328TF70 - Beachamwell/Oxborough
26/05/2020428TF82 - Sculthorpe/Raynham
26/05/2020128TF90 - Watton/Shipdham
26/05/2020128TG04 - Blakeney/Cley
26/05/2020127TG10 - Wymondham/Cringleford
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