Green-brindled Crescent Noctuidae

Allophyes oxyacanthae (Linnaeus, 1758)

Description: Wingspan 39-46 mm. Adults have an green metallic sheen to the forewings. They are marked with a black basal streak, a black antemedian line, a brown postmedian line brown which is edged with black, a wide, pale subterminal fascia and a well-defined white subtornal line. Hindwings are pale fuscous, basally becoming darker towards the outer margin.

Key Identification Features:

Sets:  male upperside

Flight Period: Beginning of September until late October.

Status: Common and widespread in the southern and eastern counties but more local and sporadic in the west and north.

Ecology: An early autumn species found in woodland edges, clearings, hedgerows and gardens. Adults appear commonly at light and will also feed at Ivy Hedera helix blossom and decaying fruit. The larvae feed from April until June on Blackthorn Prunus spinosa, Hawthorn Crataegus monogyna, birch Betula spp. and willow Salix spp. It overwinters as an egg.

World Distribution: Throughout western Europe to central Scandinavia.

Bradley & Fletcher number: 2245 Agassiz number: 73.068

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=6338

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