Dusky Hook-tip

Drepana curvatula


Species Codes

B&F 1649 RES 65.004

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Species Account

Previously a scare migrant to Kent recorded primarily along the coast from Dungeness to Margate, this species is now established in at least one small colony in Kent. This moth was first recorded in the UK in Dover in 1960.

When this moth presents in a fine purple sheen it is not easily confused, but can often appear less distinctive and easily confused with Pebble Hook-tip and even Scarce Hook-tip. It is best told by the small central forewing spots and the dark, complete cross line on the hindwing.

Record Verification

Grade 3 adults are hard to separate from other species, so photos showing all critical ID features will be required, or in some cases a voucher specimen (seek advice before releasing the moth).

Distribution Map

The map below shows all records of Dusky Hook-tip (Drepana curvatula) in the Kent database. If you've got a dot to add, please submit your records to us. Use the control below to filter by time span:


The graph below shows at which time of the year Dusky Hook-tip (Drepana curvatula) can be expected to be recorded in Kent. Use the controls below to filter by VC and time span:

Reporting Rate

The graph below shows how the number of records of Dusky Hook-tip (Drepana curvatula) submitted each year has changed over time. Use the control below to filter by VC:

Photo Gallery

Below is a selection of Dusky Hook-tip (Drepana curvatula) images from Kent. If you would like to contribute any photographs, please email mothsinkent@gmail.com. Click on a photo if you would like to see it larger.

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