Brindled Ochre Noctuidae

Dasypolia templi (Thunberg, 1792)

Description: Wingspan 42-48 mm. Male has ochreous forewings and the females are much darker. There is a rough appearance to the forewings. Stigmata are paler than ground colour and the antemedian and postmedian lines are wavy but not always clearly defined. The subterminal line is paler and irregular. The thorax and abdomen are quite hairy. Hindwings are light ochreous (darker in female) with well defined crosslines.

Key Identification Features:

Sets:  male upperside

Flight Period: Mid-September to early October.

Status: Scarce; confined to well scattered coastal localities in N. Ireland. The most recent records are from Murlough National Nature Reserve and Castleward, Down and Cleggan on Rathlin Island, Antrim. It has previously been recorded from Killinchy, Down 1990; Tollymore Forest, Down 1973; Rathlin Island, Co. Antrim 1989; and Limavady, Londonderry 1969. There is also an old 1902 record from the Glenarm area of Antrim.

Ecology: An early autumn species that is found on coastal heaths and wet marshy areas. After emergence and mating, females enter hibernation and reappear in early spring. Adults are attracted to light, but do not feed in the adult stage. The larvae feed from late spring until early August in the roots of umbelliferous plants such as Hogweed Heracleum sphondylium and Wild Angelica Angelica sylvestris.

World Distribution: France, Sweden and Finland.

Bradley & Fletcher number: 2229 Agassiz number: 73.234

Additional information:

UK Moths account

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=6322

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