Herald Moth

Scoliopteryx libatrix


Wingspan 44 - 48mm. The wings look a lot like autumn leaves with orange browns and dull browns. The fore-wings have white cross-lines and a ragged hind edge.


Open woodland, hedgerows and anywhere that the food plants, willows and poplars, can be found.

Status and distribution

Common and well distributed in southern Britain, more restricted in Scotland. Fairly common in Nottinghamshire and at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

July to November, when it hibernates to re-emerge from March to June.