Flame Noctuidae

Axylia putris (Linnaeus, 1761)

Description: Wingspan 30-36mm. Forewings usually straw coloured with a dark brown costal streak. The stigmata have a paler streak running to the outer margin. Postmedial line is a series of small dark-coloured dots; forewings pale whitish brown with a dark broken line at outer margin.

Key Identification Features:

Sets:  male upperside

Flight Period: Mid May to late August.

Status: Widely distributed and recorded from all counties and also Rathlin Island, Antrim. Most recent records from Armagh and Down.

Ecology: A species found in a wide variety of habitats including woodland margins, gardens and hedgerows. Adults are commonly encountered at light and occasionally visit flowers. The larvae are polyphagous and feed at night from July to October. It overwinters as a pupa.

World Distribution: Widespread in western Europe as far north as Norway and south to Portugal.

Bradley & Fletcher number: 2098 Agassiz number: 73.328

Additional information:

UK Moths account


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