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170425 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle shades moth (1)

Isn’t this a beauty? I don’t manage to see many moths (and, as I live in a first-floor flat, I can’t use a moth trap) so I was delighted to see my first Angle shades moth (Phlogophora meticulosa), sunbathing on south-facing stone wall the other day. Its common name is a reference both to the sharp angle of the darker patterns on its wings and to the numerous shades of colour in those patterns. The UK Moths website likens it to a withered autumn leaf, not a very flattering comparison for such a lovely creature.

170425 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle shades moth (2)

Angle shades moths are usually seen flying from May through to October so this one, like so many insects this year, is out and about a little early. They can be found throughout Europe and in parts of the Middle East and are, apparently, strongly migratory, as a result of which they are sometimes seen in large numbers in southern coastal areas of Britain. Wouldn’t that be a sight to see!