Short-cloaked Moth

The Short-cloaked Moth (Nola cucullatella) is a moth of the family Nolidae. It is distributed through most of Europe.

This is a small species (wingspan 15-20 mm) with grey or brown forewings with black basal areas which resemble a short cloak when the moth is at rest. The hindwings are uniform cream or grey. It flies at night in June and July and is attracted to light.

The slightly hairy larva is reddish-brown with white marks along the back. It feeds on various rosaceous plants including apple, Cotoneaster, hawthorn, pear, Prunus, rowan and whitebeam. The species overwinters as a small larva.

  1. The flight season refers to the British Isles. This may vary in other parts of the range.

External links


  • Chinery, Michael Collins Guide to the Insects of Britain and Western Europe 1986 (Reprinted 1991)
  • Skinner, Bernard Colour Identification Guide to Moths of the British Isles 1984

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