Noctuidae: Hadeninae

2186 (ABH73.247) Powdered Quaker Orthosia gracilis, ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

KR10048

Great Staughton
Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
 pre-1981
 1981-1999
 2000-2009
 2010-onwards
Great Staughton
Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Great Staughton
Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Hemingford Grey
Hemingford Grey
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Hemingford Grey
Hemingford Grey
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths


General Information

This species feeds at sallow catkins and blackthorn flowers.

 

Pupates in loose soil.

Overwinters as Overwinters as a pupa.
Both sexes readily come to light, sometimes in numbers.

Forewing length: 15-19mm.
Foodplant(s): willows (Salix spp.), Black Poplar (Populus nigra), Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa), Bog-myrtle (Myrica gale), Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria), Purple-loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria), Common Fleabane (Pulicaria dysenterica), broadleaved shrubs
Flying: One generation, April-May
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Common

Habitat

Marshes, damp woodland, fens, heathland.

Regional Information

Recorded in 74 (27.4%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in May 2017

Recorded date range (Adult): 09 March to 14 July

Similar Species
Great Staughton
Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Clouded Drab Orthosia incerta


Larva/Leafmine:
Larva Type:
Smooth
Colours:
Green, brown, white, yellow, black
No. of Proleg Pairs:
5