Setaceous Hebrew Character Xestia c-nigrum

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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.

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Lesser Yellow Underwing Noctua comes

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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.

Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing Noctua janthe

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Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing Noctua janthe

73.348 BF2111 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing Noctua janthe (Borkhausen, 1792)

Wingspan 30-40mm. Forewing length 16-20mm. Quite an unmistakable yellow underwing.

Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing Noctua janthe

The adult flies July to September and is often attracted to light. Seen in woodland, hedgerows and gardens. Common and widespread. the larva feeds on various herbaceous plants.

Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing Noctua janthe

© Pete Hillman August 2017.

Square-spot Rustic Xestia xanthographa

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Square-spot Rustic Xestia xanthographa

73.357 BF2134 Square-spot Rustic Xestia xanthographa ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

Wingspan 32-35mm. Forewing length 14-17mm. Quite a variable moth in ground colour but with distinctive markings.

Square-spot Rustic Xestia xanthographa

The adult flies August and September, and is a sign autumn is approaching. Seen in various habitats including woodland margins and gardens. Common and widespread The larva feeds on grasses and low growing plants.

Square-spot Rustic Xestia xanthographa

© Pete Hillman August 2017.

Dark Sword-grass Agrotis ipsilon

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Dark Sword-grass Agrotis ipsilon

73.327 BF2091 Dark Sword-grass Agrotis ipsilon (Hufnagel, 1766)

Wingspan 35-50mm. Forewing length 15-25mm. This is one of our regular migrants, and numbers can vary year to year. Its markings very much resemble knotted wood, which makes for good camouflage.

Dark Sword-grass Agrotis ipsilon

Mostly seen August to October, but can also be observed from March to November. It can turn up almost anywhere, but most frequent in the south.

© Pete Hillman August 2017.

Shuttle-shaped Dart Agrotis puta

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Shuttle-shaped Dart Agrotis puta

73.325 BF2092 Shuttle-shaped Dart Agrotis puta (Hübner, [1803])

Wingspan 30 to 32mm. Forewing length 12-16mm. The males and females differ in this dart, with the males having lightish brown to buff coloured forewings, and the females much darker, but both have the distinctive elongated shuttle-shaped oval which gives this moth its name. The Isles of Scilly have a subspecies called ssp. insula, which has a much more brighter and well-defined forewing colour and markings.

Shuttle-shaped Dart Agrotis puta

There are two overlapping broods from April to October. Regularly comes to light. Found in a wide range of habitats, including open woodland, farmland, and gardens. Common and widespread in southern England and Wales, less so north of the border. The larva feeds on various herbaceous plants, including docks and Dandelion.

Shuttle-shaped Dart Agrotis puta

© Pete Hillman July 2017.

Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing Noctua fimbriata

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Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing Noctua fimbriata

73.343 BF2110 Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing Noctua fimbriata (Schreber, 1759)

Wingspan 45-55mm. Forewing length 22-27mm. This underwing is sexually dimorphic. The males are noticeably darker than the females.

Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing Noctua fimbriata

The adult flies July to September, and is found in various habitats, including woodland and gardens. The larva feeds on various shrubs and plants.

Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing Noctua fimbriata

Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing Noctua fimbriata

© Pete Hillman July 2017.