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65.002 (BF1646)

Oak Hook-tip   

Watsonalla binaria
Adult: 2
Resident. Rare.


The two prominent cross-lines and two dark dots on the orange-brown forewing are quite distinctive. The Oak Hook-tip has no proboscis, so it is never found at sugar or flowers. Quality photo or specimen required for record acceptance.

Life cycle

One generation here. Overwinters as a pupa, in a cocoon spun in an oak leaf which is tightly folded. Larvae are present late August and September.

Larval foodplants

Pedunculate Oak and Sessile Oak.


Oak woodland, hedgerows and gardens.


Two records, both in August and from Kircudbrightshire; one at Low Camer Wood on 7th August 2008, the other at Creetown on 19th August 2009 are the first for the region. The latter was of a male photographed and establishes the spread northwards of this species. A further record was from the far west in VC73 at Blackcraig late May 2017.

30 record(s) from 8 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2022 2022

 UK Moths website - further information on species (with photos)

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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