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.

 

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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.

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.

The Dun-bar Cosmia trapezina

Noctuidae » Xyleninae

The Dun-bar Cosmia trapezina

73.216 BF2318 The Dun-bar Cosmia trapezina (Linnaeus, 1758)

Wingspan 25-33mm. Forewing length 13-16mm.

A fairly variable moth in colouration, but generally brownish with distinct cross-lines and cross-band. It is unlikely to be confused with any other species.

The adult flies July to September. Found in various habitats where there are trees and shrubs, especially woodland, hedgerows, parks and gardens. Common and widespread throughout. The larva feeds on other moth larvae as well as the leaves of various broadleaved trees and shrubs.

© Pete Hillman July 2017.

Slender Brindle Apamea scolopacina

Noctuidae » Xyleninae

Slender Brindle Apamea scolopacina

73.160 BF2335 Slender Brindle Apamea scolopacina (Esper, 1788)

Wingspan 32-36mm. Forewing length 14-17mm. A fairly distinctive and attractive species with a chocolate-brown spot on its thorax.

Slender Brindle Apamea scolopacina

The adult flies July and August, and it is mainly found in woodland. Resident, common and fairly well-distributed in the south and central regions. The larva feeds on various woodland grasses.

© Pete Hillman July 2017.

Pale Mottled Willow Caradrina clavipalpis

Noctuidae » Xyleninae

Pale Mottled Willow Caradrina clavipalpis

73.095 BF2389 Pale Mottled Willow Caradrina clavipalpis (Scopoli, 1763)

Wingspan 26-35mm. Forewing length 12-15mm. A delicately marked, mottled moth with dark spots along the leading edge of the forewing, and kidney-markings variably edged in pale dots.

The adult flies July and September, and is found in grassland, farmland and urban gardens. Resident and suspected immigrant. Fairly common and widespread. The larva feeds on the grain of various cereal crops, including stored produce.

© Pete Hillman July 2017.

Lunar Underwing Omphaloscelis lunosa

Noctuidae » Xyleninae

Lunar Underwing Omphaloscelis lunosa

73.193 BF2270 Lunar Underwing Omphaloscelis lunosa (Haworth, 1809)

Wingspan 32-38 mm. Forewing length 14-17mm. There is a dark ‘crescent moon’ marking on the pale underwing of this moth which gives it its name. The forewing ground colour is quite variable, ranging from yellowish-orange to dark brown. The paler veins give it a somewhat netted look.

Lunar Underwing Omphaloscelis lunosa

The adult flies in one generation from mid-August to late October. It regularly comes to light, and is found in grassy areas like parks, gardens and downland. A resident species, it is common and widespread in the south, more localised further north. The larva feeds on grasses.

Lunar Underwing Omphaloscelis lunosa

Lunar Underwing Omphaloscelis lunosa

Lunar Underwing Omphaloscelis lunosa

© Pete Hillman September 2017.