Hide and seek
Beautifully camouflaged against bark, this spring moth is easily missed. Its caterpillars feed on a variety of broad-leaved trees, not just oaks, and the freshly emerged adults often rest awhile on tree-trunks. As with many moths, you can tell the males by their larger feathery antennae, with which they track down females’ pheromones. Nemophiliacs ( forest lovers) will be out in force to record this and other species as part of the Big Forest Find, a citizenscience project celebrating 100 years of the Forestry Commission.
Big Forest Find: forestryengland.uk/100/big-forest-find