Noctuidae: Psaphidinae

2245 (ABH73.068) Green-brindled Crescent Allophyes oxyacanthae, (Linnaeus, 1758)

KR09682

Great Staughton
Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
 pre-1981
 1981-1999
 2000-2009
 2010-onwards
f. capucina, Great Staughton
f. capucina, Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Freudenstadt, Germany, October 2012
Freudenstadt, Germany, October 2012
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Great Staughton
Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Great Staughton
Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
f. capucina, Great Staughton
f. capucina, Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
f. capucina, Great Staughton
f. capucina, Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Monks Wood
Monks Wood
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Dark Form, Monks Wood
Dark Form, Monks Wood
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Monks Wood
Monks Wood
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Monks Wood
Monks Wood
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Monks Wood
Monks Wood
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Monks Wood
Monks Wood
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Cumbria
Cumbria
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Cumbria
Cumbria
 Photo © Peter Bissell
early instar, Cumbra
early instar, Cumbra
 Photo © Peter Bissell


General Information

There are two distinct forms of this species, the typical has patches of metallic green scales giving it an attractive sheen in the correct light. A melanic form, f. capucina, is found in suburban areas, and shows much less green.

 

Pupates in loose soil.

Overwinters as Overwinters as an egg.
Both sexes readily come to light, sometimes in numbers.

Forewing length: 17-20mm.
Foodplant(s): hawthorns (Crataegus spp.), Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa), Dog-rose (Rosa canina), Crab Apple (Malus sylvestris), plums (Prunus spp.), cotoneasters (Cotoneaster spp.)
Flying: One generation, September-November
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Common

Habitat

Broadleaved woodland, scrub and gardens.

Regional Information

Recorded in 89 (33%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in November 2018

Recorded date range (Adult): 13 July to 24 November

Recorded date range (Larva/Leafmine): 15 April to 11 June



Larva/Leafmine:
Larva Type:
With lumps, bumps or horn(s)
Colours:
Brown, grey, red, black
No. of Proleg Pairs:
5