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Phalera bucephala (Linnaeus, 1758)
Notodontidae: Phalerinae
1994 / 71.025
Photo © Danny And Jo,  17/06/2019 - Norwich

Similar Norfolk Species: None
Forewing: M 22-26mm. F 26-34mm.
Season: 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 69 (100%) of 69 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1834.
Last Recorded in 2019.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
10/09/2019227TG41 - Acle/Hemsby
08/09/2019427TG10 - Wymondham/Cringleford
08/09/2019+27TG12 - Aylsham
06/09/20191527TG10 - Wymondham/Cringleford
01/09/2019+28TF81 - Castle Acre/Litcham
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