Noctuidae: Hadeninae

2189 (ABH73.250) Twin-spotted Quaker Anorthoa munda (=Orthosia), ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

KR10050

ex. Larva, Great Staughton
ex. Larva, Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
ex. Larva, Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
 pre-2000
 2000-2009
 2010-2019
 2020-onwards
ex. Larva, Great Staughton
ex. Larva, Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
ex. Larva, Great Staughton
ex. Larva, Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Monks Wood
Monks Wood
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Monks Wood
Monks Wood
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Whitelye, Gwent
Whitelye, Gwent
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Whitelye, Gwent
Whitelye, Gwent
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Monks Wood
Monks Wood
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Monks Wood
Monks Wood
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Great Staughton
Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Great Staughton
Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Early instar, Great Staughton
Early instar, Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell


General Information

The blackish twin-spots are usually obvious on this species, but in some forms (f. immaculata) these are reduced to barely discernible rufous marks, or obsolete.

 

Pupates in loose soil.

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

Forewing length: 17-20mm.
Foodplant(s): oaks (Quercus spp.), birches (Betula spp.), sallows (Salix spp.), Aspen (Populus tremula), Field Maple (Acer campestre), Ash (Fraxinus excelsior), honeysuckles (Lonicera spp.), Common Hop (Humulus lupulus), broadleaved trees, broadleaved shrubs
Flying: One generation, March-April
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Common

Habitat

Broadleaved woodland.

Regional Information

Recorded in 58 (21.5%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in April 2020

Recorded date range (Adult): 11 February to 09 May

Recorded date range (Larva/Leafmine): 09 May to 05 June

Similar Species
Great Staughton
Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Clouded Drab Orthosia incerta


Larva/Leafmine:
Larva Type:
Smooth
Colours:
Grey, brown, white, red, black
No. of Proleg Pairs:
5