The head of a Buff-Tip
moth Phalera bucephala. When settled, this attractive and highly
camouflaged moth has the remarkable appearance of a freshly broken twig with silver grey
'bark'. The species is found in Britain and throughout Europe in deciduous woodland
and farmland areas. The moth is on the wing between May and July while the
caterpillars appear during July and August, feeding on a variety of tree leaves including
willows, oaks and hazels. They pupate under the ground and spend the winter in this
stage before emerging as adults during the following Spring.