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Scalloped Hazel

Photograph by: 
Peter Orchard

A nocturnal moth flying in May and June and you can find this insect at rest on walls and fences but they are so hard to spot because of their colouring. 


 

  • Odontopera bidentata: the scalloped hazel moth

    Post date: Monday, 6 March, 2017 - 21:24

    On the surface a lot of moths just look like plain little brown jobs but seen close up many are quite attractive with intricate patterns and unique shapes. The scalloped hazel (Odontopera bidentata)  is, perhaps, one of these species.

    Not just a drab brown but variable brown areas and with a darker brown band through the middle bordered by silver threads and in each of these bands a darker eye. It looks as though it is wearing a mask. They also have a scalloped edge to the hind wing which I suspect helps to break up its outline and aid its camouflage. Flying in May and June you can find this insect at rest on walls and fences but they are so hard to spot because of that colouring. They also come to light so you can find them fluttering against your window.

    They are not uncommon in England and inhabit parks and gardens as well as open woodland areas.


     

Common Name Scalloped Hazel
Scientific Name Odontopera bidentata
Species Group Moths 085 387 Geometerids
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Moths 085 387 Geometerids