Noctuidae: Xyleninae

2237 (ABH73.202) Grey Shoulder-knot Lithophane ornitopus, (Hufnagel, 1766)

KR09660

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
Monks Wood
Monks Wood
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Oct. 2008
Oct. 2008
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies


General Information

This species has a distinctive bold, black, antler-like mark at the base of the forewing.

Overwinters as Overwinters as an adult.
Both sexes readily come to light, sometimes in numbers.
Often found at rest during day

Forewing length: 17-19mm.
Foodplant(s): Pedunculate Oak (Quercus robur), Sessile Oak (Quercus petraea)
Flying: One generation, September-May (hibernates)
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Common

Habitat

Broadleaved woodland and parkland.

Regional Information

Recorded in 39 (14.4%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in April 2018

Recorded date range (Adult): 12 January to 23 December

Similar Species
Seghill, Northumberland
Seghill, Northumberland
 Photo © Ian Fisher
Grey Chi Antitype chi


Adult:

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