Tuesday 21 May
Buttoned snout moth (Hypena rostralis)
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Buttoned snout moth fact file
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Buttoned snout moth description
Female buttoned snout moths are more variable in their appearance than males (3); the males tend to have darker, more uniform forewings whereas the females have a more obvious lighter panel towards the outer edge (3). The caterpillar is green with small dark spots, and white lines along the sides (4).
- Wingspan: 2.7 - 3.2 cm (1)
Buttoned snout moth biologyTop
Buttoned snout moth range
This species was once found throughout south Wales and southern Britain. Following a substantial decline, it is now largely restricted to river valleys of south-east England and a number of isolated locations around the coast. It can still be found in south Wales where it may be more widespread than current records indicate (3). It is known from most European countries (2).Top
Buttoned snout moth habitat
Inhabits hedgerows and overgrown areas (1) in parks, gardens and disturbed habitats such as urban wasteland (5). The adults overwinter in garden sheds, outhouses, other man-made shelters and caves (1) (5).Top
Buttoned snout moth status
Classified as Nationally Scarce in Great Britain (2).Top
Buttoned snout moth threats
The main reason for the decline of this species seems to be the redevelopment of urban wasteland (2). The development of these 'brownfield' sites continues to put great pressure on this species (5). A further threat is the reduction in the number of hop fields (6).Top
Buttoned snout moth conservation
The buttoned snout has been targeted as a priority species under the UK Biodiversity Action Plan (UK BAP). The Species Action Plan produced as part of this process aims to maintain all known current populations, with enhancement of these populations and restoration of the species to five sites within the former range before 2010, possibly using reintroductions. Possible action includes appropriate habitat management, increasing the area of suitable habitat, linking fragments of habitat, and considering the species in development proposals (2).Top
Find out more
For more information on moths see:
- Skinner, B. (1998) Colour Identification Guide to Moths of the British Isles. Viking Press, London.
- Leverton, R. (2001) Enjoying moths. Poyser, London.
Information authenticated by Adrian Spalding.Top
- Also known as ‘univoltine’. Referring to an organism which has just one brood each year.
- Skinner, B. (1984) Colour Identification Guide to Moths of the British Isles. Viking Press, London.
- UK BAP (December, 2001)
- Spalding, A. (2003) Pers. comm.
- South, R. (1961) The Moths of the British Isles. Frederick Warne & Co. Ltd., London.
- Westminster Biodiversity Action Plan – Buttoned Snout (September, 2008)
- Leverton, R. (2002) Pers. comm.
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