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Northern Drab
Orthosia opima (Hübner, 1809)
Noctuidae: Hadeninae
2184 / 73.248
Photo © Patrick Clement,  Catherton Common, Shropshire. April 10th 2011.

Similar West Midlands Species
Lead-coloured Drab
Orthosia populeti
Clouded Drab
Orthosia incerta
Forewing: 15-17mm
Flight: April - May
Foodplant:   Herbaceous and woody plants
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB status: Common
Former Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3

A rare and local species; last record for Staffordshire was on Cannock Chase in 2007.

Found in open, damp places, heathland.

Overwinters as a pupa while adults come to light and also sugar, as well as visiting sallow catkins.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 16 (11%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1887.
Last Recorded in 2020.
(Data up to end 2020)

Latest 5 Records (Data up to end 2020)
Date#VC10k Area
09/04/2020136SO52 - Hoarwithy & Llangarron
19/04/2013240SJ60 - Coalbrookdale/Brosley
23/04/2010540SO67 - Cleobury Mortimer
23/04/2010640SO67 - Cleobury Mortimer
09/04/2007139SJ91 - Cannock Chase/Penkridge
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