Noctuidae » Xyleninae
73.206 (BF2240) Blair’s Shoulder-knot Lithophane leautieri (Boursin, 1957)
Wingspan 39-44mm. Forewing length 17-20mm.
Quite a narrow winged, greyish-brownish moth with dark streaks and a flushed pinkish-brown kidney marking.
The adult flies September and November, and is very much attracted to light sources. Found in parks and gardens where the larva foodplant cypress is growing. This is a fairly recent colonist. It was first discovered on the Isle of Wight in 1951, and has spread northwards fairly quickly.
© Pete Hillman October 2017.