Noctuidae: Catocalinae

08984 Herald Scoliopteryx libatrix, (Linnaeus, 1758)

BF2469 (ABH72.001)


General Information

These attractive moths resemble a shrivelled leaf when resting, and are most commonly encountered during the winter when they can be found hibernating on the ceilings of dark outhouses, porches, cellars and caves. The legs and the underside are spotted with white which looks like the mould formations seen on rotting leaves.


In the autumn they visit ivy blossom and ripe blackberries, as well as being attracted to light.


Pupates between two leaves.

Overwinters as Overwinters as an adult.
Both sexes come to light but in small numbers only.

Forewing length: 19-23mm.
Foodplant(s): willows (Salix spp.), Aspen (Populus tremula), poplars (Populus spp.)
Flying: One generation, August-November and March-June (hibernates)
UK Presence: Resident
National status:


Open, broadleaved woodland, hedgerows, scrub, fens and gardens.

Regional Information

There are no records in the system yet in Bulgaria.

Larva Type:
Green, yellow, red, orange, pink
No. of Proleg Pairs: