Lacanobia oleracea (Linnaeus, 1758)
Description: Wingspan 34-44 mm. Forewings are dark reddish brown. The orbicular stigmata is small with a fine white line and the reniform stigmata is dark orange. There is often a dusting of white scales near the basal part of the wing. Subterminal line is white, with two tooth-shaped projections that extend to the terminal border of the wing. Hindwings are whitish brown becoming darker towards the outer border with a small discal lunule.
Key Identification Features:
Flight Period: Early May to mid-August.
Status: Common and widespread found in all counties and on Rathlin Island, Antrim but most frequently encountered in Down and Armagh.
Ecology: Found in many habitats including suburban gardens. Adults come to light and also visit flowers, especially Red Valerian Centranthus ruber. The larvae feed from early summer to the autumn on a wide range of plants especially Atriplex spp. It overwinters as a pupa.
World Distribution: Throughout north and western Europe as far north as Finland.
Bradley & Fletcher number: 2160 Agassiz number: 73.267
UK Moths account
|Thompson, R. S. & Nelson, B., 2003 (Oct 2). [In] The Butterflies and Moths of Northern Ireland |
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