Burnet Companion Noctuidae

Euclidia glyphica (Linnaeus, 1758)

Description: Wingspan 28-34 mm. A nervous and difficult moth to approach. Forewings purplish brown with a dark median fascia outlined with a pale line; there is also a small dark patch near the costa. The antemedian line is pale and running obliquely across the wing. The postmedian line is broad and edged with a pale fine line. Hindwings dark brown in the basal region and along to the distal aspect of the tornus. The termen area is orange-brown with dark brown band running almost to the top of the wing.

Key Identification Features:

Sets:  male upperside

Flight Period: Mid-April to the end of June.

Status: Restricted to the limestone grasslands of Fermanagh where it can be locally common. Outside Fermanagh it is extremely local, confined to just a few sites in Armagh including Milford railway cutting, Navan Fort, and Thompson's Quarry. It was seen in the mid 1970s at Rich Hill railway station.

Ecology: A small dayflying species most active in sunshine and difficult to approach. Adults are mainly found in limestone grassland and wet meadows. The larvae feed during July and August on clovers Trifolium spp. and trefoils Lotus spp. It overwinters as a pupa.

World Distribution: Eurasiatic; common and widespread throughout western Europe as far north as Sweden and Finland.

Bradley & Fletcher number: 2463 Agassiz number: 72.083

Additional information:

UK Moths account

 Thompson, R. S. & Nelson, B., 2003 (Oct 2). [In] The Butterflies and Moths of Northern Ireland