Falcaria lacertinaria - Lot Moths and Butterflies - species in Las Descargues, the Lot, France
drawing of a moth



Las Descargues, 4 July 2009
Falcaria lacertinaria Adult


© Robin Howard

Falcaria lacertinaria (Linnaeus, 1758)

Scalloped Hook-tip
La Lacertine

Wingspan: 27-35mm

A bivoltine species on the wing from May to June and again from July to early September when it is a frequent visitor to light and can also be seen flying by day if disturbed from its roost. It has been recorded from all upland sites particularly those that are in or adjacent to birch woodland, heathland and scrub.

Larvae feed on birch Betula species before overwintering as pupae in cocoons wrapped in a leaves of the foodplant.