Marbled Beauty Noctuidae

Bryophila domestica (Hufnagel, 1766)

Description: Wingspan 22-30 mm. Forewings mottled grey and white with black antemedian, postmedian and subterminal lines. The stigmata are paler, finely outlined in white with a chequered fringe. Hindwings white, darker towards the terminal border with a small discal spot.

Similar Species: The Marbled Green C. muralis, which is larger and green or olive in appearance.

Key Identification Features:

Sets:  male upperside

Flight Period: Late June to mid-August.

Status: Common and widespread in Down and Armagh. Apparently more sporadic north of Lough Neagh and mainly at from coastal localities including Rathlin Island, Antrim.

Ecology: A summer species which can be found resting during the day on stone walls and rocks in coastal areas. Adults come to light in small numbers and also to flowers after dusk. The larvae feed from September until May on lichens growing on walls and fences. It overwinters as a larva.

World Distribution: Throughout western Europe from Spain to southern Fenoscandia.

Bradley & Fletcher number: 2293 Agassiz number: 73.084

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=6388

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