Noctuidae: Hadeninae

2167 (ABH73.286) Tawny Shears Hadena perplexa, ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

KR09957

Great Staughton, May 2012
Great Staughton, May 2012
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Great Staughton, May 2012
 Photo © Peter Bissell
 pre-1981
 1981-1999
 2000-2009
 2010-onwards
Great Staughton, May 2012
Great Staughton, May 2012
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Great Staughton, May 2012
Great Staughton, May 2012
 Photo © Peter Bissell


General Information

This is an extremely variable species.

 

Pupates in loose soil.

 

Overwinters as Overwinters as a pupa.
Both sexes come to light.

Forewing length: 13-15mm.
Foodplant(s): campions (Silene spp.), Nottingham Catchfly (Silene nutans), Rock Sea-spurrey (Spergularia rupicola)
Flying: One/two generations, May-July and August
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Common

Habitat

Dry grassy or stony habitats such as chalk downland and shingle beaches.

Regional Information

Recorded in 28 (10.4%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in August 2018

Recorded date range (Adult): 19 May to 23 August

Similar Species
Hauxley RS, Northumberland
Hauxley RS, Northumberland
 Photo © Ian Fisher
Sand Dart Agrotis ripae
Viper's Bugloss Hadena irregularis
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Lychnis Hadena bicruris


Larva/Leafmine:
Larva Type:
Glossy
Colours:
Brown, yellow
No. of Proleg Pairs:
5