Noctuidae: Xyleninae

2385 (ABH73.087) Small Mottled Willow Spodoptera exigua, (Hübner, [1808])

KR09460

Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
 pre-1981
 1981-1999
 2000-2009
 2010-onwards
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths


General InformationOverwinters as Doesn't overwinter in the UK.
Both sexes come to light.
Often disturbed during day

Forewing length: 13-14mm.
Foodplant(s): Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale), groundsels (Senecio spp.), docks (Rumex spp.), Common Restharrow (Ononis repens)
Flying: All year (mostly June-October)
UK Presence: Immigrant
National status: Uncommon/Rare

Habitat

As an immigrant, almost anywhere.

Regional Information

Recorded in 24 (8.9%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in August 2016

Recorded date range (Adult): 12 June to 14 October

Similar Species
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Pale Mottled Willow Caradrina clavipalpis (=Paradrina)

Uncommon/Rare
Larva/Leafmine:
Larva Type:
Smooth
Colours:
Green, orange, pink, brown, purple, black
No. of Proleg Pairs:
5