Common Lutestring Thyatiridae

Maps updated: April 2008

Ochropacha duplaris (Linnaeus, 1761)

Description: Wingspan 25-34mm. The forewings of the adult moth are pale grey with a darkish central band which is whitish in colour towards the edges, although individuals vary slightly. It has two small distinctive black dots towards the costa. The thorax is an orange brown colour. It normally rests with its wings tightly closed along its body.

Sets:  male upperside

Flight Period: Late May until mid-August.

Status: Widespread and frequently encountered in southern counties especially the woodlands, fens and bogs in north Armagh. More localised and sporadic elsewhere.

Ecology: A woodland species that appears at light frequently. The larva feed on birch, and possibility alder and oak. It spends the winter months in the pupal stage.

Caterpillar: 

 Thompson, R. S. & Nelson, B., 2003 (Oct 2). [In] The Butterflies and Moths of Northern Ireland
http://www.ulstermuseum.org.uk/lepidoptera/species.asp?item=5730

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