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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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01 July, 2010

Scalloped Hazel (Odontopera bidentata)

On the surface a lot of moths just look like 'little brown jobs' but seen close up many are quite attractive with intricate patterns and unique shapes. The Scalloped Hazel is, perhaps, one of these

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 this '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.