Plusia festucae (Linnaeus, 1758)
Description: Wingspan 34-46 mm. A rather distinctive moth that is difficult to confuse with any other species. The head and patagium are orange. Forewings are golden brown with a distinct metallic sheen. There are two distinct silver-coloured blotches in the median area and a subapical patch that is pointed and curves inwards towards the central area of the wing. Hindwings greyish brown with fine dark veining.
Key Identification Features:
Flight Period: Late May to mid-September
Status: Common and widespread throughout all counties including Rathlin Island.
Ecology: A brightly coloured species associated mainly with damp woodland, fens and bogs, where it is commonly encountered at light. The adults are occasionally discovered by day usually at rest among low-growing plants. The larvae feed during July and August on various marshland grasses.
World Distribution: Similar distribution to the Burnished Brass in western Europe.
Bradley & Fletcher number: 2439 Agassiz number: 73.022
UK Moths account
|Thompson, R. S. & Nelson, B., 2003 (Oct 2). [In] The Butterflies and Moths of Northern Ireland |
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