Tree-lichen Beauty

Cryphia algae


Wingspan 24 to 30mm. A variable species, normally green with a broad dark patch across the centre of the fore-wing. It is beautifully camouflaged to hide on the lichen growing on trees.


Woodland and woodland edge, parkland and gardens. The larvae feed on lichen on the bark of a variety of trees.

Status and distribution

Was a rare immigrant (1991) but now comes in larger numbers and is thought to breed as it becomes more common. Gradually spreading northwards and becoming regular in Nottinghamshire. Five were recorded in one night at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

July to September.