Noctuidae: Plusiinae

2437 (ABH73.014) Golden Plusia Polychrysia moneta, (Fabricius, 1787)

KR09036

Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
 pre-1981
 1981-1999
 2000-2009
 2010-onwards
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Earith
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 Photo © David Griffiths


General Information

This moth is golden brown with intricate darker markings on the forewings and often a prominent metallic ruff.

 

Pupates in a cocoon attached to the underside of a leaf.

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

Forewing length: 17-20mm.
Foodplant(s): delphineums (Delphineum spp.), Larkspur (Consolida ajacis)
Flying: One generation, late June-early August
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Common

Habitat

Gardens and parks.

Regional Information

Recorded in 18 (6.7%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in July 2007

Recorded date range (Adult): 08 June to 31 July



Larva/Leafmine:
Larva Type:
Smooth
Colours:
Green, yellow, white
No. of Proleg Pairs:
3