Double Lobed Noctuidae

Lateroligia ophiogramma (Esper, 1793)

Description: Wingspan 32-35 mm. Forewings are generally light whitish brown with a large darker brown patch which extends from the costal area to the base of the forewing and incorporates the reniform stigma. This stigma is light brown and clearly defined within the darker area. The postmedian line is made up of a series of small black dots. The subterminal line is not clearly defined. There is a distinctive wedge-shaped streak in the tornal area of the forewing. Hindwings pale whitish brown with fine dark veining.

Key Identification Features:

Sets:  male upperside

Flight Period: End of June to mid-August.

Status: Common and widespread in parts of north Down and Armagh. Elsewhere sporadic, with records from just three sites in Fermanagh and one in Londonderry.

Ecology: A wetland species associated with fens, the damper parts of woodland and probably other similar sites. Adults come to light in small numbers and also visit flowers. The larvae feed from August until June on various grasses. It overwinters as a larva.

World Distribution: Eurasiatic; has a northern distribution in Europe from France to the Netherlands.

Bradley & Fletcher number: 2336 Agassiz number: 73.168

Additional information:

UK Moths account


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