The Moths of Suffolk
1648 Pebble Hook-tip, Drepana falcataria, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread throughout the county

Habitats : Heathland, woodland, fen, scrub, gardens or other areas where Silver Birch grows

Flight Period : Double-brooded; late April to June and mid-July to early September

Larval foodplants : Silver Birch, Downy Birch, also Alder occasionally

Morley's Final Catalogue : By no means an infrequent Hooktip in most of our birch woods during both late May and August. Always fairly numerous in Bentley Woods; Martlesham (D); Needham in 1929 (Platten); Stowmarket (C); Aldeburgh (Hele); bred from larvae,on alder at Southwold and Reydon in September 1928; Blythburgh Wood; Barnby Broad; Fritton in 1935. Tuddenham Fen in September 1910-15 (Elliott).

Wingspan details : Forewing 17-21mm, Wingspan 36-40mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultDusky Hook-tip, Drepana curvatula

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Ipswich, Suffolk (iv.2002) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Eye (15.v.2000) © Paul Kitchener
On birch - Wortham Ling, Suffolk (24.ix.2005) © A Prichard
Ipswich, Suffolk (5.viii.2009) © A Prichard
 
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Lynford, Norfolk (7.vi.2008) © Lee Gregory
VC25, Waveney Woods, Fritton, Suffolk (29.iv.2010) © Brian Jones
Ipswich, Suffolk (1.vii.2012) © Neil Sherman