Brown and cream moth with a old hags face on each forewing

Mother Shipton moth. Photo: Ann Barlow

Ann found this Mother Shipton moth on 26/05/20 when she visited  DWT’s Corfe Mullen Meadows.and was pleased to find a Small Blue and a Common Blue there also.

This is a day flying species but only in sunshine and when disturbed flies very short distances.  This makes it easier to follow when spotted to get a definitive ID.

With this photo it is easier to see the old hags face with the hooked nose, which gives this moth its name on the right hand forewing.

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