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Grey Shoulder-knot
Lithophane ornitopus (Dadd, 1911)
Noctuidae: Xyleninae
2237 / 73.202
Photo © Patrick Clement,  To MV light, Halesowen, 24th February 2021.

Similar West Midlands Species: None
Forewing: 17-19mm
Flight: September - May (hibernating)
Foodplant:   Oak
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1

A fairly common resident.

A species of broadleaved parkland and woodland.

Overwinters as an adult. May be found resting on tree trunks during the day but visits Ivy blossom and ripe blackberries in autumn and Sallow catkins in spring. Is attracted to light and sugar.

Note the antler-shaped black mark at the base of the wing is diagnostic.

Recorded in 80 (57%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1869.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)

Latest 5 Records (Data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
27/11/2019139SJ82 - Eccleshall/Gnosall
23/11/2019137SO97 - Dodford/Lickey
30/10/2019136SO32 - Compton Park
28/10/2019 to 30/11/2019139SK00 - Brownhills/Chasewater
25/10/2019137SO86 - Droitwich Spa
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