Erebidae » Scoliopteryginae
72.001 (BF2469) The Herald Scoliopteryx libatrix (Linnaeus, 1758)
Forewing length 19-23 mm. Quite a stunning reddish moth which is one of the first to be seen heralding in the spring and one of the last to be seen in autumn. The adult hibernates over winter in barns and outbuildings, and other sheltered locations such as caves. It is well camouflaged amongst dead leaf litter.
The adult flies March to November. Found in gardens, parkland, woodland and other places where the food plants grows. Common and widespread. The larva feeds on willows, Aspen, and other poplars.
© Pete Hillman May 2011.