Green-brindled Crescent Allophyes oxyacanthae

Noctuidae » Psaphidinae

Green-brindled Crescent Allophyes oxyacanthae ab capucina

73.068 (BF2245) Green-brindled Crescent Allophyes oxyacanthae (Linnaeus, 1758)

Wingspan 35-45mm. Forewing length 17-20mm.

The photographs featured here are of the melanic form ab. capucina which is commonly found in suburban areas and has less green than the typical form.

Green-brindled Crescent Allophyes oxyacanthae ab capucina

The adult flies September to November, and is found in woodland, hedgerows and gardens. Fairly common and widespread. The larva feeds on various trees and shrubs, including hawthorns and Blackthorn.

Green-brindled Crescent Allophyes oxyacanthae ab capucina

© Pete Hillman October 2017.

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Blair’s Shoulder-knot Lithophane leautieri

Noctuidae » Xyleninae

Blair's Shoulder-knot Lithophane leautieri

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.

Blair's Shoulder-knot Lithophane leautieri

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.

Blair's Shoulder-knot Lithophane leautieri

© Pete Hillman October 2017.

 

Barred Sallow Tiliacea aurago

Noctuidae » Xyleninae

Barred Sallow Tiliacea aurago

73.180 (BF2272) Barred Sallow Tiliacea aurago ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

Wingspan 27-32mm. Forewing length 14-16mm.

An attractive moth with autumnal colours and a very diagnostic yellow or yellow-orange central band.

Barred Sallow Tiliacea aurago

The adult flies September to November, and is attracted to light. Found in woodland, hedgerows and gardens. Common and widespread in the south and south-east, more local elsewhere, and scarce in Scotland. The larva feeds on Beech and Field Maple.

Barred Sallow Tiliacea aurago

© Pete Hillman October 2017.

Setaceous Hebrew Character Xestia c-nigrum

Noctuidae » Noctuinae

Setaceous Hebrew Character Xestia c-nigrum

73.359 (BF2126) Setaceous Hebrew Character Xestia c-nigrum (Linnaeus, 1758)

Wingspan 35-42mm. Forewing length 14-19mm.

A very distinctive species with characteristic forewing markings.

Setaceous Hebrew Character Xestia c-nigrum

The adult flies in two broods, May to June, and August to September. Only one generation in the north in July and August. Found in a wide variety of habitats, including woodland and gardens. Resident and suspected immigrant, common and widespread throughout. The larva feeds on a variety of herbaceous plants.

Setaceous Hebrew Character Xestia c-nigrum

© Pete Hillman October 2017.

Lesser Yellow Underwing Noctua comes

Noctuidae » Noctuinae

Lesser Yellow Underwing Noctua comes

73.345 (BF2109) Lesser Yellow Underwing Noctua comes (Hübner, [1813])

Wingspan 37-45mm. Forewing length 16-21mm.

The forewing ground colour is fairly variable, as are the markings, but the brightly coloured hindwing has a dark crescent.

Lesser Yellow Underwing Noctua comes

The adult flies July to October. It is readily attracted to light, and is found in many habitats, including woodland and gardens. Resident, and common and widespread throughout. The larva feeds on a wide range of herbaceous plants.

Lesser Yellow Underwing Noctua comes

© Pete Hillman August, September and October 2017.

Vine’s Rustic Hoplodrina ambigua

Noctuidae » Xyleninae

Vine's Rustic Hoplodrina ambigua

73.099 (BF2384) Vine’s Rustic Hoplodrina ambigua ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

Wingspan 32-34mm. Forewing length 13-15mm.

A very well-marked moth with distinctive kidney and oval markings.

Vine's Rustic Hoplodrina ambigua

The adult flies in two generations between May and October, and it is found in grassland, heathland,  waste ground and gardens. Common and widespread. The larva feed on various low-growing plants, including docks and Dandelion.

© Pete Hillman August 2017.

Smoky Wainscot Mythimna impura

Noctuidae » Hadeninae

Smoky Wainscot Mythimna impura

73.293 (BF2198) Smoky Wainscot Mythimna impura (Hübner, [1808])

Wingspan 31-38mm. Forewing length 14-18mm.

This one looks a little worse for wear with its tattered wings. It is similar to the Common Wainscot (Mythimna pallens), except this species has smoky-grey hindwings. There is also a dark streak running alongside the main white vein on the forewing.

Smoky Wainscot Mythimna impura

The adult flies June to August, and is found on all types of grassland and in urban gardens. Resident, common and widespread throughout. The larva feeds on a variety of grasses.

© Pete Hillman July 2017.