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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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05 September, 2016

Hypena proboscidalis: the snout moth

It is not hard to see how this species became labelled the snout moth (Hypena proboscidalis). It has a long proboscis protruding from its head, this also accounts for the scientific name 'proboscidalis'. 
There are a number of species in the snout moth family but this is by far the most common and also the largest. There are two broods each year and as the broods overlap they can be seen on the wing from June right through until October. What is interesting is that the first brood adults are larger than the second brood adults.
Being fairly dark in colour and well camouflaged they are rarely seen unless disturbed during the day. They are a nocturnal species but are readily attracted to light.
The larvae feed mainly on stinging nettles and the offspring of the second brood over winter as a pupa before hatching to give the first brood in late spring the following year.
Hypena proboscidalis: the snout moth