Noctuidae: Noctuinae

2099 (ABH73.308) Portland Moth Actebia praecox, (Linnaeus, 1758)

KR10244

Whitley Bay, Northumberland
Whitley Bay, Northumberland
 Photo © Ian Fisher
Whitley Bay, Northumberland
 Photo © Ian Fisher
 pre-1981
 1981-1999
 2000-2009
 2010-onwards
Whitley Bay, Northumberland
Whitley Bay, Northumberland
 Photo © Ian Fisher

General Information

Pupates deep in sand.

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

Forewing length: 17-21mm.
Foodplant(s): Creeping Willow (Salix repens), chickweeds (Stellaria spp.), wormwoods (Artemesia spp.), Common Bird's-foot-trefoil (Lotus corniculatus), mouse-ears (Cerastium spp.), plantains (Plantago spp.)
Flying: One generation, mid August-September
UK Presence: Resident and Immigrant
National status: Nationally Scarce B

Habitat

Sandy beaches and heathland.

Regional Information

There are no records in the system yet in Huntingdonshire.


Nationally Scarce B

Larva/Leafmine:
Larva Type:
Smooth
Colours:
Grey, orange, brown
No. of Proleg Pairs:
5