Hypena proboscidalis (Linnaeus, 1758)
Description: Wingspan 36-42 mm. Forewings chocolate brown, pointed with a darker median band finely edged with a dark line and a small apical streak. Antemedian line strongly angled; postmedian line straight. Hindwings fuscous, darker towards the termen.
Key Identification Features:
Flight Period: Mid-June to late August.
Status: A common and widespread species recorded from all counties including Rathlin Island.
Ecology: A summer species found in a variety of habitats including woodland, suburban gardens and waste ground. Adults are attracted to light and flowers especially Buddleia Buddleja davidii. It can occasionally be disturbed from low-growing vegetation during the day. The larvae feed from the autumn to May on Common Nettle Urtica dioica. It overwinters as a larva.
World Distribution: Eurasiatic; common across western Europe to the Arctic Circle.
Bradley & Fletcher number: 2477 Agassiz number: 72.003
UK Moths account
|Thompson, R. S. & Nelson, B., 2003 (Oct 2). [In] The Butterflies and Moths of Northern Ireland |
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