Lead-coloured Drab - Orthosia populeti


Wingspan 34 to 40 mm. Can be rather similar to the Clouded Drab, but usually smaller with a more rounded termen. There are also subtle differences in the hindwing.  The antennae of male Lead-coloured Drabs are much more obviously feathered than the antennae of male Clouded Drabs.

Identification difficulty

Areas containing Aspen.

When to see it

The species flies in early April.

Life History

Aspen is the main foodplant, the larvae feeding at first on the catkins, and later between spun leaves.

UK Status

Locally distributed in England and Wales and central Scotland. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as local.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent but not common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = B (scarce resident or restricted distribution or regular migrant).

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

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