Noctuidae: Hadeninae

09481 Bird's Wing Dypterygia scabriuscula, (Linnaeus, 1758)

BF2301 (ABH73.105)

Christophstal, July 2015
Christophstal, July 2015
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Christophstal, July 2015
 Photo © Peter Bissell

General Information

This is an unmistakable chocolate-brown moth with a diagnostic 'bird's-wing' shape on the forewing.


Pupates in loose soil.

Overwinters as a pupa.
Both sexes come to light.

Forewing length: 16mm.
Foodplant(s): docks (Rumex spp.), Common Sorrel (Rumex acetosa), Knotgrass (Polygonium aviculare)
Flying: One/two generations, May-July and August-September
UK Presence: Resident


Broadleaved woodland, scrub, heathland and parks.

Regional Information

Recorded in 1 (0.4%) of the 270 2km squares of Baden-W├╝rttemberg.

Last recorded in July 2017

Larva Type:
Brown, grey, yellow, black, white
No. of Proleg Pairs: