Noctuidae: Noctuinae

2120 (ABH73.333) Ingrailed Clay Diarsia mendica, (Fabricius, 1775)

KR10089

 Photo © Barry Dickerson
Ingrailed Clay
 Photo © Barry Dickerson
 pre-1981
 1981-1999
 2000-2009
 2010-onwards
 Photo © Barry Dickerson
 Photo © Barry Dickerson
 Photo © Barry Dickerson
Elton
Elton
 Photo © Brian Stone
Storrington, West Sussex, 30th May 2017. MV trap. Male.
Storrington, West Sussex, 30th May 2017. MV trap. Male.
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Storrington, West Sussex, 29th May 2017. MV trap. Male.
Storrington, West Sussex, 29th May 2017. MV trap. Male.
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Storrington, West Sussex, 29th May 2017. MV trap.
Storrington, West Sussex, 29th May 2017. MV trap.
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies


General Information

This is a highly variable species.

 

Pupates in loose soil.

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

Forewing length: 13-17mm.
Foodplant(s): Primrose (Primula vulgaris), violets (Viola spp.), Bramble (Rubus fruticosus), Heather (Calluna vulgaris), Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus), sallows (Salix spp.), hawthorns (Crataegus spp.), Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa), Hazel (Corylus avellana), broadleaved shrubs
Flying: One generation, June-July
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Common

Habitat

Heathland, woodland, fens, scrub, hedgerows and grassland.

Regional Information

Recorded in 82 (30.4%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in June 2019

Recorded date range (Adult): 13 May to 15 September

Similar Species
 Photo © Barry Dickerson
Purple Clay Diarsia brunnea
2nd generation, Great Staughton
2nd generation, Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Small Square-spot Diarsia rubi


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