Clouded Drab - Orthosia incerta

    Description

    Wingspan 35-40 mm. Exceptionally variable throughout its range, this species varies from relatively plain dark forms to well-marked buff and orange individuals. In the darker forms especially, there is usually a distinctive paler fringe to the forewing.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Occupying a range of habitats.

    When to see it

    It flies from March to May and can be found on Willow as well as at light.

    Life History

    The larvae feed on a number of trees and shrubs, but especially Oak.

    UK Status

    Common over most of Britain. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)

    Reference
    73.242 BF2188

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    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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