Noctuidae: Noctuinae

2122 (ABH73.332) Purple Clay Diarsia brunnea, ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)


 Photo © Barry Dickerson
Purple Clay
 Photo © Barry Dickerson
Helens Bay, Northern Ireland
Helens Bay, Northern Ireland
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies

General Information

Pupates in loose soil.

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

Forewing length: 16-20mm.
Foodplant(s): Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea), figworts (Scrophularia spp.), Bramble (Rubus fruticosus), sallows (Salix spp.), Heather (Calluna vulgaris), birches (Betula spp.), broadleaved shrubs
Flying: One generation, June-August
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Common


Broadleaved woodland and wooded heathland.

Regional Information

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

Last recorded in June 2019

Recorded date range (Adult): 19 May to 15 August

Similar Species
 Photo © Barry Dickerson
Ingrailed Clay Diarsia mendica
Great Staughton, August 2011
Great Staughton, August 2011
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Square-spotted Clay Xestia stigmatica (=rhomboidea)

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