Noctuidae: Plusiinae

2444 (ABH73.018) Gold Spangle Autographa bractea, ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

KR09062

Carmarthenshire
Carmarthenshire
 Photo © Martin Lovell
Carmarthenshire
 Photo © Martin Lovell
 pre-1981
 1981-1999
 2000-2009
 2010-onwards
N. Ireland, July 2007
N. Ireland, July 2007
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies


General Information

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

Overwinters as Overwinters as a larva.
Both sexes come to light but in small numbers only.
Flies during the day

Forewing length: 18-21mm.
Foodplant(s): Common Nettle (Urtica dioica), White Dead-nettle (Lamium album), Ground-ivy (Glechoma hederacea), Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus), honeysuckles (Lonicera spp.), herbaceous plants
Flying: One generation, early July-early August
UK Presence: Resident, Possible Immigrant
National status: Common

Habitat

Moorland, woodland clearings hedgerows and gardens.

Regional Information

Recorded in 2 (0.7%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in July 1970

Recorded date range (Adult): 28 July to 28 July

Similar Species
Scarce Burnished Brass Diachrysia chryson
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Dewick's Plusia Macdunnoughia confusa


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