Clouded-bordered Brindle Noctuidae

Apamea crenata (Hufnagel, 1766)

Description: Wingspan 36-44 mm. Forewings are light reddish brown with darker reddish patches along the costa and a dark basal and tornal streak. The thorax is dark and double crested in the anterior region. Stigmata similar to ground colour and finely outlined, appearing paler in colour. The crosslines are weak and poorly defined. Hindwings light reddish brown darker towards the outer margin with well-defined, dark veining. The fringe is pale whitish brown.

Similar Species: Clouded Brindle A. epomidion has less pointed forewings and has a wedge shaped tornal mark.

Key Identification Features:

Sets:  male upperside

Flight Period: Early May to mid-July.

Status: Common and widespread across southern counties. Mainly coastal north of Lough Neagh.

Ecology: A species associated with woodland rides and clearings and a wide variety of other habitats including mature gardens. Adults come frequently to light and also flowers. It remains concealed during the day among ground vegetation and is seldom found unless by chance. The larvae feed from August to April on Cock's-foot Dactylis glomerata and other grasses. It overwinters as a larva.

World Distribution: Eurasiatic; widely distributed across western Europe from Spain to the Arctic Circle.

Bradley & Fletcher number: 2326 Agassiz number: 73.156

Additional information:

UK Moths account


 Thompson, R. S. & Nelson, B., 2003 (Oct 2). [In] The Butterflies and Moths of Northern Ireland