The Uncertain - Hoplodrina octogenaria

    Alt Name
    Uncertain moth, Hoplodrina alsines
    Description

    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.

    Habitat

    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)

    Reference
    73.096 BF2381

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map