The Uncertain - Hoplodrina octogenaria

Alternative names
Uncertain moth, Hoplodrina alsines

Wingspan 28-34 mm. Closely resembling The Rustic (H. blanda), there are a number of differences which contribute to the identification, but sometimes it may be necessary to refer to the genitalia for confirmation. In general, this species is more yellowish-brown, with well-defined cross-lines and reniform stigma, and less 'glossy' in appearance than H. blanda, but these are only brief guidelines.

Identification difficulty

A wide range of habitats, mainly in low-lying areas, including woodland, rough meadows and gardens.

When to see it

It flies mainly between June and August, sometimes with a later second brood.

Life History

Low plants such as Dock (Rumex) and Plantain (Plantago) are the foodplants.

UK Status

It is fairly common and widespread in England and Wales, more local in Scotland and Ireland.

VC55 Status

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

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map