2314 Dingy Shears Parastichtis ypsillon
([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)Wingspan 32-42 mm.
A rather dull and nondescript species, as suggested by the English name, this moth is reasonably well distributed throughout England and Wales; it is scarcer in Scotland and rather rare in Ireland.
The adult flight time is during June and July, and can be attracted by sugar as well as light.
The caterpillars, like the adults are rather dull. They feed on willow (Salix spp.) at night; during the day they descend to hide amongst loose bark at the bases of the trees.