Noctuidae: Hadeninae

2158 (ABH73.264) Pale-shouldered Brocade Lacanobia thalassina, (Hufnagel, 1766)


 Photo © Barry Dickerson
Pale-shouldered Brocade
 Photo © Barry Dickerson
Monks Wood
Monks Wood
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies

General Information

Pupates in loose soil.

Overwinters as Overwinters as a pupa.
Both sexes readily come to light, sometimes in numbers.

Forewing length: 16-20mm.
Foodplant(s): oaks (Quercus spp.), hawthorns (Crataegus spp.), Apple (Malus domestica), sallows (Salix spp.), Aspen (Populus tremula), Barberry (Berberis vulgaris), honeysuckles (Lonicera spp.), broadleaved shrubs
Flying: One/two generations, May-late July and August
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Common


Grassland, woodland, fens and scrub.

Regional Information

Recorded in 66 (24.4%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in August 2019

Recorded date range (Adult): 03 May to 29 August

Recorded date range (Larva/Leafmine): 07 August to 20 August

Similar Species
RIla Mountains, Bulgaria. 11th July 2011. Light trap.
RIla Mountains, Bulgaria. 11th July 2011. Light trap.
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Beautiful Brocade Lacanobia contigua
 Photo © David Griffiths
Dog's Tooth Lacanobia suasa
 Photo © Barry Dickerson
Dark Brocade Mniotype adusta (=Blepharita)
 Photo © Barry Dickerson
Dusky Brocade Apamea remissa

Larva Type:
Brown, red, orange, white, black
No. of Proleg Pairs: