Scalloped Oak (Crocallis elinguaria)

This is an attractively marked moth, it looks as though it is wearing a brown mask leaving just the centre of its eyes to showing. Whether this makes it look scary as a means of defence or whether the dark brown mask breaks up the outline and adds to its camouflage I do not know; possibly both!

The Scalloped Oak is a common moth and frequently turns up in the moth trap as it is particularly attracted to light.

It is single brooded and flies in July and August. It frequents a wide variety of habitat but likes to lay its eggs on deciduous trees and shrubs, but not exclusively oak as the name might suggest.

It overwinters as an egg and hatched into a larvae in April before emerging as this adult in July.

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