Noctuidae: Xyleninae

2384 (ABH73.099) Vine's Rustic Hoplodrina ambigua, ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

KR09454

Great Staughton
Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
 pre-1981
 1981-1999
 2000-2009
 2010-onwards
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Hemingford Grey
Hemingford Grey
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths


General Information

This species is generally paler than the Rustic or the Uncertain and tends to have a larger and rounder stigmata. The second generation tends to be of greater numbers.

 

Pupates in loose soil.

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

Forewing length: 13-15mm.
Foodplant(s): docks (Rumex spp.), Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale), Prickly Lettuce (Lactuca serriola), Primrose (Primula vulgaris), herbaceous plants
Flying: Two generations, May-July and August-September
UK Presence: Resident, Possible Immigrant
National status: Common

Habitat

Grassland, heathland, open woodland areas, fens, scrub and gardens.

Regional Information

Recorded in 101 (37.4%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in November 2018

Recorded date range (Adult): 02 May to 15 November

Similar Species
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Uncertain Hoplodrina octogenaria (=alsines)
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Rustic Hoplodrina blanda


Larva/Leafmine:
Larva Type:
Smooth
Colours:
Yellow, brown, green, black
No. of Proleg Pairs:
5