Noctuidae : Hadeninae
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Northern Drab
Orthosia opima
Lead-coloured Drab
Orthosia populeti
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Clouded Drab
Orthosia incerta

(Hufnagel, 1766) 2188 / 73.242

A very common species across the region.

Found in a wide range of habitats.

Overwinters as a pupa while adults come readily to light and also visit sallow catkins.

Note this is a very variable moth and can be mistaken for Lead-coloured Drab but that has feathered antennae.

Recorded in 115 (82%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1869.
Last Recorded in 2020.
(Data up to end 2020)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 16-20mm
Flight: March - May
Foodplant:   Broadleaved trees Oak, Birches, sallows etc
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2020)
Date#VC10k Area
27/05/20201VC39 - StaffordshireSK01
18/05/20201VC39 - StaffordshireSJ85
18/05/20201VC39 - StaffordshireSJ82
17/05/20201VC39 - StaffordshireSO99
16/05/20201VC40 - ShropshireSJ51

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