Mythimna ferrago (Fabricius, 1787)
Description: Wingspan 36-44 mm. Forewings are ochreous grey to light rust. The anterior and postmedian lines are a series of small black dots. Stigmata are inconspicuous except for a small white mark on the reniform stigmata. Hindwings are fuscous with darker veining.
Key Identification Features:
Flight Period: Late June to mid-August.
Status: Widely distributed and not uncommon in Down and parts of Armagh. Sporadic elsewhere, with a recent record from Derrylin, Fermanagh and Ahoghill and Rathlin Island, Antrim.
Ecology: A grass feeding species found mainly along edges of woodland and in open clearings. Adults come to light in small numbers and visit flowers and honey-dew. The larvae feed from September to May on various grasses.
World Distribution: Western Europe from Scandinavia to Portugal.
Bradley & Fletcher number: 2193 Agassiz number: 73.298
UK Moths account
|Thompson, R. S. & Nelson, B., 2003 (Oct 2). [In] The Butterflies and Moths of Northern Ireland |
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