Noctuidae: Xyleninae

2250 (ABH73.238) Dark Brocade Mniotype adusta (=Blepharita), (Esper, 1790)


 Photo © Barry Dickerson
Dark Brocade
 Photo © Barry Dickerson
 Photo © Barry Dickerson
 Photo © Barry Dickerson

General Information

Pupates in loose soil.

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

Forewing length: 18-21mm.
Foodplant(s): Heather (Calluna vulgaris), Bog-myrtle (Myrica gale), Alder (Alnus glutinosa), Bladder Campion (Silene vulgaris), broadleaved shrubs, grasses
Flying: One generation, late May-early August
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Common


Heathland, chalky downland and fenland.

Regional Information

Recorded in 31 (11.5%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in June 2023

Recorded date range (Adult): 21 May to 31 August

Recorded date range (Larva/Leafmine): 17 September to 17 September

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ex. Larva, Great Staughton, May 2012
 Photo © Peter Bissell
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 Photo © Barry Dickerson
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Larva Type:
Green, brown, yellow, pink, grey, black
No. of Proleg Pairs: