Pebble Hook-tip

Drepana falcataria


Species Codes

B&F 1648 RES 65.005

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Species Account

Common and widespread in Kent (there are even records from Sheppey!), this distinctive moth can be found between April and September, mostly in woodland with plenty of Birch (and occasionally Alder), but also in gardens where Birch exists.

Dusky Hook-tip and Scarce Hook-tip can appear similar, but Pebble Hook-tip has a fairly diagnostic, 'pebble-shaped' central forewing spot which often appears to have the peace symbol within it. It also has a purple-ish hue within the hooked tips of the the forewings, which can cause misplaced excitement being directed towards the possibility of Dusky Hook-tip.

Record Verification

Grade 1 adults are generally distinctive and unlikely to be confused with other species, but records outside documented range or flight period may require photos.

Distribution Map

The map below shows all records of Pebble Hook-tip (Drepana falcataria) 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 Pebble Hook-tip (Drepana falcataria) can be expected to be recorded in Kent. Use the controls below to filter by VC and time span:

Reporting Rate

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Photo Gallery

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