owlet moths, noctuidae


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                                                                          Owlet Moths, Noctuidae in the garden     

Moths
 

That moths fly at night is understandable. Nevertheless there are about hundred species, which fly by day and sometimes they also are beautiful coloured.
A characteristic of moths are the long
feelers, or antennae, which
They are often comb-like, feathery or filamentous.
Most moths have no bright colours (brown, grey, white or black) and often with patterns of which help camouflage them during the day.
Moths tend to have stout and hairy bodies to conserve heat during the cooler nights.
There’s a coupling of the forewing with the hindwing.
Unlike moths, butterflies generally hold their wings together above their backs when resting.
 

 

Noctuidae or Owlet moths  

A family of robustly-built moths. 
n the Netherlands there are about 350 species. Most have drab forewings, although some have brightly coloured hindwings. Many caterpillars live in the soil.

I tried to split up the owled moths in the subfamilies and tribes. That was not easy. It is apparently a difficult group, because the subfamilies are often changed. In 2011, for example, a new family Erebidae is made. I read that, some authors merge the tribe Xestiini with the tribe Noctuinae.

Family owlet mothes (Noctuidae).

Subfamily Acronictinae.

Sycamore (Acronicta aceris). Onderfamilie Acronictinae. Familie uilen (Noctuidae). Sycamore (Acronicta aceris). Onderfamilie Acronictinae. Familie uilen (Noctuidae).

Sycamore (Acronicta aceris). Onderfamilie Acronictinae. Familie uilen (Noctuidae).

A light grey, brown speckled owl. It looks like the poplar grey.
Of the caterpillar host plants are all kinds of deciduous trees such as oak, birch, field maple and horse chestnut.
Wingspan 41-49 mm.
May - August One generation.
Caterpillar: June - October It overwinters as a pupa. usually in dead wood.
Europe, Central Asia.
Photos 22-7-2015. 
German: Ahorn-Rindeneule, Ahorneule, Rosskastanieneule.   French: Noctuelle de l'érable

 

Coronet (Craniophora ligustri). Tribe Acronictini. Subfamily Acronictinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.

Coronet (Craniophora ligustri). Tribe Acronictini. Subfamily Acronictinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.

Coronet (Craniophora ligustri). Tribe Acronictini. Subfamily Acronictinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.

Coronet (Craniophora ligustri). Tribe Acronictini. Subfamily Acronictinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.

Sometimes olive-green suffusion to the darker parts of the forewing.

They live mainly on wild privet, ash and lilac.
It is found in Europe. Especially on sandy soils.

Wingspan: 30 - 40 mm.
April - September. Two generations 
Caterpillars: June - October. 
The species hibernates as a pupa


German: Admiral   French: Vulcain

Gevlekte groenuil (Moma alpium). Onderfamilie Acronictinae. Familie uilen (Noctuidae).

 

Gevlekte groenuil (Moma alpium). Onderfamilie Acronictinae. Familie uilen (Noctuidae).

Scarce Merveille du Jour (Moma alpium). Subfamily Acronictinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.

A pale green owl with black markings.
The host of the caterpillar is mostly oak, but also birch and beech. The caterpillars are often in the tops of the trees.
Wingspan 34-42 mm.
May - August. One generation.
Caterpillars: June - October. It overwinters as a pupa in a cocoon in the leaf litter.
Palearctic. Photos 6-7-2015.

German: Seladoneule, Orioneule.  French: L'Avrilière, Noctuelle avrilière.

Poplar Grey (Subacronicta megacephala). Subfamily Acronictinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.

 

Poplar Grey (Subacronicta megacephala). Subfamily Acronictinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.

Poplar Grey (Subacronicta megacephala). Subfamily Acronictinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.

A dark gray to greyish brown moth. Only when you look at it properly, you will see how beautiful this owlet moth is. It has a distinctly round whitish orbicular stigma. The hindwings of the male are whitish, the hindwings of the female are greyish.
The host plants of the caterpillar poplar and willow.
Wingspan 38-45 mm.
April - September Two generations.
Caterpillar: June - September It overwinters as a pupa in a cocoon behind the bark, in a hoarse sorry, in dead wood.
Palearctic. Photos 6-7-2015.

German: Großkopf-Rindeneule, Aueneule.  French: L'Avrilière, Noctuelle avrilière.

Subfamily Amphipyrinae.

Svensson's Copper Underwing (Amphipyra berbera) or Copper Underwing (Amphipyra pyramidea). Subfamily Amphipyrinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.                               

Svensson's Copper Underwing (Amphipyra berbera) or Copper Underwing (Amphipyra pyramidea). Subfamily Amphipyrinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.                               

Svensson's Copper Underwing (Amphipyra berbera) or Copper Underwing (Amphipyra pyramidea). Subfamily Amphipyrinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.                               

Svensson's Copper Underwing (Amphipyra berbera) or Copper Underwing (Amphipyra pyramidea). Subfamily Amphipyrinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.                                Svensson's Copper Underwing (Amphipyra berbera) or Copper Underwing (Amphipyra pyramidea). Subfamily Amphipyrinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.                               

Probably Svensson's Copper Underwing but both species are very similar.
The green caterpillars pupate on the ground. It overwinters as an egg.
Host plants of the caterpillar: Deciduous trees and shrubs like oak, birch, privet, honeysuckle.
Wingspan 40-52 mm.
Flight time: July to October. One generation. Caterpillar: April - June
Photos 1-8-2012.

Copper Underwing (Amphipyra pyramidea) caterpillar
  Photo caterpillar of the Copper underwing 21-5-2010. 



Uncertain (Hoplodrina octogenaria, synonym Hoplodrina alsines) Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.  

 

Uncertain (Hoplodrina octogenaria, synonym Hoplodrina alsines) Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.  

Uncertain (Hoplodrina octogenaria, synonym Hoplodrina alsines). Subfamily Amphipyrinae.  Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.  

It resembles the Rustic. But the spots on the wings are smaller. The caterpillar feeds at night on many different herbaceous plants. By day he hides, like the caterpillar in the picture. It hibernates as a caterpillar. He pupate in the soil.
Wingspan: 28 to 34 mm.
May- August. One generation.

There are several species in the Netherlands. Namely: Rustic (Hoplodrina blanda.) Hoplodrina octogenaria, Hoplodrina Ambigua and the (in the netherlands) rare Hoplodrina respersa. The caterpillar is Hoplodrina spec. Maybe Uncertain.

Photos 15-7-2011           The caterpillar is Hoplodrina spec. Maybe Uncertain.   The caterpillar is Hoplodrina spec. Maybe Uncertain. Photos 20-3-2011

Rustic (Hoplodrina blanda). Subfamily Amphipyrinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.

Rustic (Hoplodrina blanda). Subfamily Amphipyrinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.

Rustic (Hoplodrina blanda). Subfamily Amphipyrinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.

Rustic (Hoplodrina blanda). Subfamily Amphipyrinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.

The colour of the wings is variable. Light gray but also dark gray brown. The outer lateral line consists of small dots. 
The caterpillar feeds at night on different herbaceous plants such as plantains, sorrel and stitchwort.
By day he hides, like the caterpillar in the picture. It hibernates as a caterpillar. He pupate in the soil.
Wingspan: 31 - 35 mm. May - September. One generation.
Palearctic. Photos 28-8-2013.        

Zandhalmuiltje (Mesoligia furuncula). Onderfamilie Amphipyrinae. Familie uilen (Noctuidae).   Zandhalmuiltje (Mesoligia furuncula). Onderfamilie Amphipyrinae. Familie uilen (Noctuidae).  

Cloaked Minor (Mesoligia furuncula). Subfamily Amphipyrinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.   

A small owlet moth. The colour of the wings is quite variable. In the middle is a dividing line, often with a dark brown inner half. But as you can see in this cloaked miror it is sometimes entirely pale brown. The pattern of the wings is not always clear. 
Host plants: All kinds of grasses. 
Wingspan: 22-28 mm. June - September. One generation. The caterpillar overwinters.
Palearctic. Photos 18-7-2014.        

 

Subfamily Eustrotiinae.

Marbled white spot (Protodeltote pygarga). Subfamily Eustrotiinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.   Marbled white spot (Protodeltote pygarga). Subfamily Eustrotiinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.   Marbled white spot (Protodeltote pygarga). Subfamily Eustrotiinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.                           

A small owlet moth with brown patterned forewings with a distinctive large white spot. 
Host plants: A number of grasses.
May - July. One generation. The pupa overwinters in a cocoon in the soil.
Wingspan 20-26 mm.
Palearctic.
Photo 22-7-2013, 27-6-2014.

German: Waldrasen-Grasmotteneulchen. 

Subfamily Hadeninae.

Beautiful Yellow Underwing (Anarta myrtilli). Subfamily Hadeninae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths. Beautiful Yellow Underwing (Anarta myrtilli). Caterpillar. Subfamily Hadeninae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths. Beautiful Yellow Underwing (Anarta myrtilli). Subfamily Hadeninae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.  Not in the garden, but in de dunes about 4 km from our house.  

Reddish brown forewings with a gray-white drawing. The hind wings are yellow with a black band and white edge.
Host plants: Calluna vulgaris and Erica tetralix.
April - October. Two generations. De caterpillar or pupa overwinters.
Wingspan 24-28 mm.
Europe. Photos 5-5-2014.

Roodbont heide-uiltje (Anarta myrtilli). Rups. Onderfamilie Hadeninae. Familie uilen (Noctuidae). Caterpillar 9-10-2015. German: Heidekraut-Bunteule, Heidekrauteulchen.

Varied Coronet (Hadena compta). Subfamily Hadeninae. Family Noctuidaeor or Owlet moths.

Varied Coronet (Hadena compta). Subfamily Hadeninae. Family Noctuidaeor or Owlet moths.

Varied Coronet (Hadena compta). Subfamily Hadeninae. Family Noctuidaeor or Owlet moths.

Varied Coronet (Hadena compta). Subfamily Hadeninae. Family Noctuidaeor or Owlet moths.

On the black gray brown gray forewings runs in the middle a white cross band. It is not a variable owl. Wingspan 25-30 mm. 
Host plants: Several species of the carnation family such as sweet william and campion (especially bladder campion). 
May - August Two generations. 
It overwinters as a pupa. 
You can find it everywhere in the Netherlands, but is not a general moth. 
Europe, North Africa and East Asia.
Photos 30-4-2014.

German: Weißbinden-Nelkeneule.

Small Ranunculus (Hecatera dysodea). Subfamily Hadeninae. Family Noctuidaeor or Owlet moths. Small Ranunculus (Hecatera dysodea). Subfamily Hadeninae. Family Noctuidaeor or Owlet moths. Small Ranunculus (Hecatera dysodea). Subfamily Hadeninae. Family Noctuidaeor or Owlet moths.

Greenish or gray forewings, with in the middle a darker cross band and with orange spots.
Host plants: All kinds of lettuce types, including prickly lettuce, milk thistle (Lactuca serriola)
May - September. One generation. It overwinters as a pupa.
Wingspan 32-34 mm. Europe.

Photos 23-7-2016. 

Dot Moth (Melanchra persicariae). Subfamily Hadeninae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.  Dot Moth (Melanchra persicariae). Subfamily Hadeninae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.  Dot Moth (Melanchra persicariae). Subfamily Hadeninae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.                            

The forewings is very dark (almost black with a blue, brown tint) marked with a large white stigma. The forewings are patterned, but it is hard to see. On the thorax a bunch of brown hair.
Host plants: Herbaceous plants for example nettle, clover, sorrel and trees like willow and hazel.
May - August. One gneration. It overwinters as a pupa and some times as a caterpillar.
Wingspan 28 -38 mm.
Europe, Asia. Photos 22-7-2013.

German: Flohkraut-Eule. 
Smoky Wainscot (Mythimna impura, synonym Aletia impura). Subfamily Hadeninae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.   

Smoky Wainscot (Mythimna impura, synonym Aletia impura). Subfamily Hadeninae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.   

Smoky Wainscot (Mythimna impura, synonym Aletia impura). Subfamily Hadeninae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.   

Smoky Wainscot (Mythimna impura, synonym Aletia impura). Subfamily Hadeninae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.                            

It looks like a Southern Wainscot (Mythimna straminea) and a Common Wainscot (Mythimna pallens). The forewings are straw coloured. A brown stripe along the white main vein. Gray hind wings.
May - August One generation, sometimes two generations. It overwinters as a young caterpillar.
Wingspan 30 -35 mm.
Palearctic.
Photos 24-6-2014. 

Clouded Drab (Orthosia incerta). Subfamily Hadeninae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.     

Clouded Drab (Orthosia incerta). Subfamily Hadeninae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.     

Clouded Drab (Orthosia incerta). Subfamily Hadeninae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.      Clouded Drab (Orthosia incerta). Subfamily Hadeninae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.                           

The front wing has an angular wing tip. Color and markings are variable. Ranging from light gray, purple gray, blue-gray, reddish gray, reddish brown to dark brown with all intermediate shades.
There are similar species Orthosia gracilis, Orthosia opima and Orthosia populeti. .
Host plants: Deciduous trees like oak, willow, some fruit trees and herbaceous plants such as sorrel.
February - June One generation
It overwinters as a pupa in the soil. 
Wingspan 37-41 mm. Europe. 
Photos 15-4-2015. 

German: Variable Kätzcheneule. French: l'orthosie variable.

Campion (Sideridis rivularis synonym: Hadena rivularis). Subfamily Hadeninae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.  

Campion (Sideridis rivularis synonym: Hadena rivularis). Subfamily Hadeninae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.  

Campion (Sideridis rivularis synonym: Hadena rivularis). Subfamily Hadeninae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.  

Campion (Sideridis rivularis synonym: Hadena rivularis). Subfamily Hadeninae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.   Campion (Sideridis rivularis synonym: Hadena rivularis). Subfamily Hadeninae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.                           

Dark grayish brown forewings. Young owls have a purplish sheen. The two stigmata have pale edges, which are joined at the base, forming a V. Underneath a striking yellowish, white zigzag, wave line. The Lychnis (Hadena bicruris) is very similar. The young owls miss the purplish glow and the wavy line zigzags less. A less obvious V.
Hostplants: Silene species especially Red campion.
April - September. Two sometimes three generations. It overwinters as a pupa
Wingspan 27-30 mm.
Europe. Photos 24-8-2013. A younger Campion: 5-7-2014.
Caterpillar Sideris on a Red campion. Caterpillar Sideris on a Red campion.  7-6-2014. German: Violettbraune Kapseleule. French: Noctuelle du Cucubale.

Subfamily Noctuinae. 

Tribe Agrotini.

Heart and Dart (Agrotis exclamationis). Tribe Agrotini. Subfamily Noctuinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths. Heart and Dart (Agrotis exclamationis). Tribe Agrotini. Subfamily Noctuinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.

Heart and Dart (Agrotis exclamationis). Tribe Agrotini. Subfamily Noctuinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.

The colour of the forewings is variable. Pale grey, brown, reddish, yellowish, blackish. On the wings are two black spots, one black spot has the shape of an exclamation mark. 
Caterpillars on various herbaceous plants. 
Wingspan 35-46 mm. 
May - August Two generations. The full-grown caterpillar overwinters. 
Europe, Asia.
Photos 13-6-2014. 
German: Ausrufungszeichen, Ausrufezeichen, Gemeine Graseule, Braungraue Gras-Eule,  Braungraue Gras-Erdeule. French: Point d'exclamation, Double tache.

Heart and club (Agrotis clavis). Tribe Agrotini. Subfamily Noctuinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths. Heart and club (Agrotis clavis). Tribe Agrotini. Subfamily Noctuinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.

Heart and club (Agrotis clavis). Tribe Agrotini. Subfamily Noctuinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.

The basic color of the wings is variable. Light gray, brown, dark brown, blackish. On the wings an elongated dark spot and two round dark stigmata. One stigmata looks like an eye. The antennae of the male are two-thirds feathery. 
Caterpillars on various herbaceous plants. 
Wingspan 35-40 mm. 
May - August A generation, sometimes two generations. The full-grown caterpillar overwinters. 
Palearctic. 
Photos 5-7-2014.

Shuttle-shaped Dart (Agrotis puta). Female. Tribe Agrotini. Subfamily Noctuinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.

 

Shuttle-shaped Dart (Agrotis puta). Female. Tribe Agrotini. Subfamily Noctuinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.

Shuttle-shaped Dart(Agrotis puta). Female.Tribe Agrotini. Subfamily Noctuinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.

On the forewings is an elongated pale spot and a dark spot. The male has pale wings, causing the pale spot is hard to see. The females have dark wings, causing the dark spot is hard to see. 
The caterpillar is found in many herbaceous plants 
Wingspan 28-32 mm. 
April - of October. Two generations. The caterpillar overwinters. 
Europe, Asia, North Africa. 
Photos 19-7-2014. German: Schmalflügelige Erdeule, Fahlbräunlichgraue Erdeule.  

Shuttle-shaped Dart (Agrotis puta). Male. Tribe Agrotini. Subfamily Noctuinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths. Male shuttle-sharped dart 12-5-2015.

Ingrailed Clay (Diarsia mendica). Tribe Agrotini. Subfamily Noctuinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.

VIngrailed Clay (Diarsia mendica). Tribe Agrotini. Subfamily Noctuinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.

Ingrailed Clay (Diarsia mendica). Tribe Agrotini. Subfamily Noctuinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.

The drawing is very variable and therefore difficult to recognize. On the wings is a small dark spot. Occasionally this spot lacks. 
The caterpillar can be found all kinds of herbaceous plants, shrubs and trees. Wingspan 35-40 mm.
May - September Two generations.
The caterpillar overwinters. Palearctic.
Photos 1-7-2015.
German: Primel-Erdeule.  

Tribe Phlogophorini.

Angle Shades (Phlogophora meticulosa). Tribe Phlogophorini. Subfamily Noctuinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths. 

Angle Shades (Phlogophora meticulosa). Caterpillat. Tribe Phlogophorini. Subfamily Noctuinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths. 

Angle Shades (Phlogophora meticulosa). Caterpillat. Tribe Phlogophorini. Subfamily Noctuinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths. 

Angle Shades (Phlogophora meticulosa). Tribe Phlogophorini. Subfamily Noctuinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths. 

Angle Shades (Phlogophora meticulosa). Tribe Phlogophorini. Subfamily Noctuinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths. 

Olive green and pink-brown, sometimes they are reddish brown. The V-shaped pattern pattern on the wings is not variable. At rest, the front wing is folded as shown in the small picture. 
The caterpillar I found rolled up in May between the withered leaves on the ground. By day it is hiding. At night it is searching of food. Host plants of the caterpillar kinds of plants, shrubs and trees like ivy, stinging nettle, nettle, bramble and birch.
Flying time: April - November Two generations. The caterpillar overwinters. 
Wingspan 45 -52 mm. 
Photos caterpillar 7-3-2011. Photos Angle Shades: 16-9-2014.

Tribe Noctuini.

The Flame (Axylia putris). Tribe Noctuini. Subfamily Noctuinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.

The Flame (Axylia putris). Tribe Noctuini. Subfamily Noctuinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.

The Flame (Axylia putris). Tribe Noctuini. Subfamily Noctuinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.

The Flame (Axylia putris). Tribe Noctuini. Subfamily Noctuinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.

This owlet moth at rest looks like a piece of wood, because its wings are wrapped tightly around its body. The colour of the wings also looks like the colour of a broken twig. 
Caterpillars feed on of herbaceous plants such as nettles, sorrel, plantain. 
Wingspan 30 - 40 mm.
May - August. One ore two generations. It overwinters as a pupa.
Photos 18-7-2013. In the last picture it looks dead. But if you release it, the flame flies away immediately. I noticed this behavior several times.

The Flame (Axylia putris). Tribe Noctuini. Subfamily Noctuinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths. The Flame (Axylia putris). Tribe Noctuini. Subfamily Noctuinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths. 24-6-2014. With the wings spread. German: Putris-Erdeule, Gebüschflur-Bodeneule.  

 

 

Lesser yellow underwing (Noctua comes). Tribe Noctuini. Subfamily Noctuinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths. Lesser yellow underwing (Noctua comes). Tribe Noctuini. Subfamily Noctuinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.

The colour is variable from light (often grayish and sometimes greenish tint) to reddish brown, sometimes almost black. A usually clearly visible wave line. Hindwing is orange yellow with a broad black band a dark center spot.
Host plants: Various herbaceous plants. In the spring also in bushes and small trees.
Wingspan 35-50 mm. June - october. One generation.
It hibernates as a young caterpillar.
Europe, North Africa, Asia Minor and North America (introduced in Canada and spread therefrom).

Photo 1-9-2016. German: Breitflügelige Bandeule, Lederbraune Bandeule, Primeleule.  French: la Hulotte, la Triphène hulotte.

Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing (Noctua fimbriata). Tribe Noctuini. Subfamily Noctuinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.

Pupa. Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing (Noctua fimbriata). Tribe Noctuini. Subfamily Noctuinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.

Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing (Noctua fimbriata). Tribe Noctuini. Subfamily Noctuinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths. Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing (Noctua fimbriata). Tribe Noctuini. Subfamily Noctuinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.

My wife found the pupa in the ground, from which we got this beautiful Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing.
The colour is variable from reddish brown to olive green of the male and light brown, light green and brown for the female. The markings are always the same. The orange-yellow hind wings have a broad black band. At rest, the wings overlap quite far.
Host plants: All kinds of herbaceous plants such as sorrel and nettle, sometimes woody plants, such as blackberry, privet.
Wingspan 45-61 mm. June - September. One generation.
It overwinters as a young caterpillar. .
Europe, North Africa, Asia Minor.
Photos 20-5-2014 (pupa), 8-6-2014. 

German: Bunte Bandeule, Gelbe Bandeule.  

Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing / Langmaid's Yellow Underwing ( Noctua janthe / Noctua janthina). Tribe Noctuini. Subfamily Noctuinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.

Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing / Langmaid's Yellow Underwing ( Noctua janthe / Noctua janthina). Tribe Noctuini. Subfamily Noctuinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.

Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing / Langmaid's Yellow Underwing ( Noctua janthe / Noctua janthina). Tribe Noctuini. Subfamily Noctuinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.

Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing / Langmaid's Yellow Underwing ( Noctua janthe / Noctua janthina). Tribe Noctuini. Subfamily Noctuinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.

Reddish brown forewings with sometimes a grey tint and light bands. The difference between the two species is in the underside of the front wings and in the hindwings. Simply said, these are the differences.
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing: At the underside of the forewing a large blackish field to the hind edge. Hindwing is yellow ocher with a very broad black band.
Langmaid's Yellow Underwing: At the underside of the front wing a large blackish field is not all the way to the hind edge. Hindwing is dark yellow with a slightly less broad black band.
The caterpillar is found. In many deciduous trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants.
Wingspan 30 - 40 mm. / 34 - 44 mm.
June - September. One generation. 
The caterpillar overwinters. Europe, North Africa.
Photos 16-8-2013.
German: Janthe-Bandeule / Janthina-Bandeule. 

Large Yellow Underwing (Noctua pronuba). Tribe Noctuini. Subfamily Noctuinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.

Large Yellow Underwing (Noctua pronuba). Tribe Noctuini. Subfamily Noctuinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.

Large Yellow Underwing (Noctua pronuba). Tribe Noctuini. Subfamily Noctuinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.

Large Yellow Underwing (Noctua pronuba)

Large Yellow Underwing (Noctua pronuba). Tribe Noctuini. Subfamily Noctuinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.

A large moth. I found it in the kitchen. When I put it outside. I took a photo, when it rested for a moment on the chestnut. 
The forewings are quite variable from light brown to almost black. On the small photos some examples. The hindwings are bright orange-yellow with a black sub-terminal band. If it flies away, it confuses the predators.
It is a common butterfly in the Netherlands.  
Flying time: May to September.
Wingspan 50 - 60 mm.
The species hibernates as a caterpillar and feeds on plants like rubus, nettle and dandelion.  
Photos 22-7-2013, 2-8-2013, 11-9-2013. Palearctic.
Huismoeder (Noctua pronuba)
18-8-2010. Here you can see the bright orange-yellow hindwings.
German: Hausmutter. French: Fiancée.

Flame Shoulder (Ochropleura plecta). Tribe Noctuini. Subfamily Noctuinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.

Flame Shoulder (Ochropleura plecta). Tribe Noctuini. Subfamily Noctuinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.

Flame Shoulder (Ochropleura plecta). Tribe Noctuini. Subfamily Noctuinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.

Flame Shoulder (Ochropleura plecta). Tribe Noctuini. Subfamily Noctuinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.

Flame Shoulder (Ochropleura plecta). Tribe Noctuini. Subfamily Noctuinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.

A bright cream coloured band runs along the front edge of the reddish brown forewing with white stigmata. The Flame Shoulder in the picture is more grey brown.  Host plants: All kinds of herbaceous plants.

Wingspan 28 - 34 mm.
April - October. Two sometimes three generatons. 
It hibernates as a pupa.
Palearctic.
Photos 2-8-2013,  28-8-2013 and 9-6-2014.


Tribe Xestiini. 

Black-spot Chestnut (Conistra rubiginosa)

Black-spot Chestnut (Conistra rubiginosa) Tribe Xestiini. Subfamily Noctuinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.

Black-spot Chestnut (Conistra rubiginosa) Black-spot Chestnut (Conistra rubiginosa) Tribe Xestiini. Subfamily Noctuinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.
                         
Features: On the wings ate two black spots divided by light coloured veins. Length of the forewings 15 - 16 mm.
In the Netherlands the Black-spot Chestnut was not a common species, but it has greatly expanded.
The larvae feed on leaves of various trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants.
Wins the exchange is from October to May The caterpillars from May to June.
If it's not too cold, you see these moths also flying in winter. The moth in the picture I found in our house. It was hard to get a good picture because it was very cloudy. I thought the moth was not doing well. But after I had took the photographs it flew into a tree.
Wingspan 31 - 36 mm. 

Photos 1-11-2010.    Photo 18-3-2013 With spread wings.
German: Feldholz-Wintereule, Schwarzgefleckte Wintereul   French: Découpure

Chestnut (Conistra vaccinii) Chestnut (Conistra vaccinii)  Tribe Xestiini. Subfamily Noctuinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.

The markings and colouring of this moth is very variable. Light brown, dark brown or deep chestnut brown. Smooth, marbled, speckled or striped.
Therefore it is particulary distinguished by the distinctive rounded wing shape.
The moth on this photo has a dark spot on the wings.

The larva feed on various deciduous shrubs and trees. But also in herbaceous plants. (in later stages)
The chestnut hibernates in the adult stage. End of February it flies again. (depending on weather)
Wingspan 28 - 36 mm.
September - May. One generation.
Europe, North Africa and Western Asia. 

German: Heidelbeer-Wintereule   

Dun-bar (Cosmia trapezina). Tribe Xestiini. Subfamily Noctuinae.  Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.

Dun-bar (Cosmia trapezina). Tribe Xestiini. Subfamily Noctuinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.

Hyena (Cosmia trapezina) Tribe Xylenini. Familie Noctuinae. Familie uilen (Noctuidae).

Dun-bar (Cosmia trapezina)  Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths  Dun-bar (Cosmia trapezina). Tribe Xestiini. Subfamily Noctuinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.

This owl was hidden in the holly. I tried to catch it, after I had made this picture. (To make a better photo) It escaped, however. 
It is variable in color, but easily recognized by the cross lines. Usually yellow brown. But there are also greyish and reddish species.
The caterpillar feeds on leaves but also on other caterpillars. Especially leaf roller caterpillars. 
It lives in trees and shrubs.
Wingspan: 25 - 33 mm.
July - September. One generation. The species overwinters as an egg.
Photo 11-7-2011.   
Photo left 26-7-2013, 2-8-2013: Two years later. The difference in colour is visible.
German: Trapezeule. French: Trapèze.         
Lesser-spotted Pinion (Cosmia affinis) Tribe Xestiini. Subfamily Noctuinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.
Lesser-spotted Pinion (Cosmia affinis) Tribe Xestiini. Subfamily Noctuinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths. Lesser-spotted Pinion (Cosmia affinis). Tribe Xestiini. Subfamily Noctuinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.

The Lesser-spotted Pinion has dark reddish brown to gray-brown colored forewings. Along the dark cross lines on the wings a pale, white line that widens. It looks like the White-spotted Pinion (Cosmia diffinis), which has clearly white spots along the leading edge of the wings and the Lunar-spotted Pinion (Cosmia pyralina) with a clear crescent-shaped spot close to the wing tip and a strong corrugated inner cross line.
The caterpillar is found in elm and oak. It is found mainly in the coastal region of the Netherlands.
Wingspan: 28 - 33 mm.
July - September. One generation. The species overwinters as an egg.
Palearctic.
Photos 23-8-2013. German: Rotbraune Ulmeneule. 

Setaceous Hebrew Character (Xestia c-nigrum). Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths. Setaceous Hebrew Character (Xestia c-nigrum). Tribe Xestiini. Subfamily Noctuinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.

It got its name because of the black mark on the forewings resembling the Hebrew letter Nun. The forewings are reddish brown. The hind wings are yellowish white.
It looks like the Hebrew Character (Orthosia gothica). But this moth flies in March and April. 
It is a common butterfly throughout Europe and in North America.
The caterpillars overwinter and mature in April.
April - October. Two generations.
Wingspan 35 - 45mm

German: Schwarze C, Schwarze C-Erdeule, C-Eule   French: C noir

Double Square-spot (Xestia triangulum). Tribe Xestiini. Subfamily Noctuinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.

Double Square-spot (Xestia triangulum). Tribe Xestiini. Subfamily Noctuinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.

Double Square-spot (Xestia triangulum) Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths

Double Square-spot (Xestia triangulum). Tribe Xestiini. Subfamily Noctuinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.

The forewings are grayish brown (sometimes reddish) with two black to dark brown spots. One spot is triangular, the other square.
The Double Square-spot looks much like the Triple-spotted Clay (Xestia ditrapezium), but is often a little paler.
It hibernates as a larva. One ganeration. In autumn the larvae can be found on lower plants, like Dock and Dandelion.  
The
brownish  caterpillar is feeding on a wide variety of plants including birch, blackthorn, bramble, raspberry.   Wingspan 36 - 46 mm.  
June - July. Europe.
Small photos 7-7-2013.

German: Triangel-Bodeneule Triangel-Erdeule.  French: La Noctuelle de la Chélidoine.

Square-spot Rustic (Xestia xanthographa) Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.    

Square-spot Rustic (Xestia xanthographa) caterpillar Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.    

Square-spot Rustic (Xestia xanthographa) caterpillar Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.    

Square-spot Rustic (Xestia xanthographa) Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.     Square-spot Rustic (Xestia xanthographa). Tribe Xestiini. Subfamily Noctuinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.                                  

The bright spot on the wings of the Square-spot Rustic is the square or has the shape of an X. The colour of the wing is light brown to black or brown.
It overwinters as a caterpillar.
 
Caterpillar host plant: herbaceous plants and grasses.
Wingspan 30-40 mm.
Flight time: July to October. One generation.
Caterpillar: September - May
Photos 6-4-2010,  24-9-2011

Subfamily Plusiinae.

Tribe Plusiini.

Silver Y (Autographa gamma)  Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths

Silver Y (Autographa gamma)  Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths

Silver Y (Autographa gamma)  Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths  

Silver Y (Autographa gamma)  Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths

Silver Y (Autographa gamma).  Tribe Plusiini. Subfamily Plusiinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.

It is of course named for the silvery Y-shaped mark on its forewings. 
It an appetite butterfly is. It
is a migratory moth. In spring they arrive from the south in the Netherlands. In the autumn some moths fly south again. They can’t survive the winter.
The larvae feed on a wide range of low plants.
By day it also visit flowers.
W
idespread across Europe, parts of Asia and North Africa.  
Wingspan 35 - 45mm

German: Gammaeule 

Burnished Brass (Diachrysia chrysitis) Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths

Burnished Brass (Diachrysia chrysitis) Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths

Burnished Brass (Diachrysia chrysitis) Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths

Burnished Brass (Diachrysia chrysitis). Tribe Plusiini. Subfamily Plusiinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.

A beautiful moth which his name has been given by the metallic sheen. The head and crest are striking orange. Behind is a small orange crest.
A few times you see it during the day. This Saturday it was hidden between the leaves, but it remained calm when I photographed it.
Wingspan 28 to 35 mm.
May to October. Two generations. (sometimes three)
Widespread across Europe
Caterpillars: June, July and also in autumn and spring, because the caterpillars overwinter.
They live in a variety of herbaceous plants. E.g. nettle, deadnettle.
Photos 28-6-2009.

German: Messingeule   French: Plusie vert-doré

Dewick’s Plusia (Macdunnoughia confusa). Tribe Plusiini. Subfamily Plusiinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.
Dewick’s Plusia (Macdunnoughia confusa). Tribe Plusiini. Subfamily Plusiinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.

Dewick’s Plusia (Macdunnoughia confusa). Tribe Plusiini. Subfamily Plusiinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.

At rest the wings are roof-shaped. On front of the thorax is a big crest and behind a small crest.
On the front wings is a constricted white, silver spot, which is connected with a thin, white transverse line.

Active during the day and at night. Wingspan 36 - 42 mm.
April - October. Three generations. 
Europe, Asia.
Caterpillars: June, July en October - April. De rups overwintert in de strooisellaag. 
They live in a variety of herbaceous plants. E.g. nettle, deadnettle, camomile.
Photos 29-8-2012.

German: Schafgarben-Silbereule, Feldstaudenrasen-Silbereule, Silberkommaeule  

Subfamily Scoliopteryginae. 

Tribe Scoliopterygini. 

The Herald (Scoliopteryx libatrix)  Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.   

The Herald (Scoliopteryx libatrix)  Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.   

The Herald (Scoliopteryx libatrix)  Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.    The Herald (Scoliopteryx libatrix).  Tribe Scoliopterygini. Subfamily Scoliopteryginae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.                           

Features: Greyish brown with orange spots. Along that spot is a black and white spotted vein. Four prominent small white spots. The lower edge of the wing is jagged. The male has comb-like antennae.
You can find him in a wooded area but also in gardens. They often overwinter inside garages, attics, etc.
This butterfly was stuck in cobwebs. After it was released, I put it on a chair for a few pictures. Then I have removed the cobwebs from the legs. It remained very quiet and then it flew away unharmed.
Host caterpillars: including willow and poplar.
Wingspan 44-48 mm. Flight: After hibernation: April to June. Next Generation: July-October.
Caterpillar : May to September.     Europe, Asia, North Africa, North America. 
Photos 6-6-2010  

German: Zackeneule, Zimteule    

 

Subfamily Xyleninae.

Small angle shades (Euplexia lucipara). Subfamily Xyleninae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths..

Small angle shades (Euplexia lucipara). Caterpillar. Subfamily Xyleninae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths..

Small angle shades (Euplexia lucipara). Caterpillar. Subfamily Xyleninae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths..

Small angle shades (Euplexia lucipara). Subfamily Xyleninae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths..

Small angle shades (Euplexia lucipara). Subfamily Xyleninae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths..

The forewings are reddish brown to purplish brown. With a dark band in the middle and with a broad, pale subterminal band. At rest, the front wing is folded as shown in the small picture. 

Host plants: All kinds of trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants, such as ferns and birch.
It overwinters as a pupa in the soil.
May - August. One generation.
Wingspane: 27 - 32 mm.
Europe.

Photos 8-7-2013. Caterpillar 17-9-2012.   German:

Tawny Marbled Minor (Oligia latruncula). Subfamily Xyleninae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths I'm not quite sure.    Tawny Marbled Minor (Oligia latruncula). Subfamily Xyleninae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths I'm not quite sure.   

Tawny Marbled Minor (Oligia latruncula). Subfamily Xyleninae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths I'm not quite sure.  
It is very similar to the Marbled Minor (Oligia. strigilis) and  the Rufous Minor (Oligia versicolor). Here you can find some differences in Dutch. 

A dark owlet moth in the middle of the forewings some red brown
Hosts: Various grasses In the Netherlands especially in areas with a sandy soil. .
May - August.
Wingspan: 21 - 28 mm.
Palearctic.

Photos 7-7-2013.

Pale mottled willow (Paradrina clavipalpis). Tribe Caradrinini. Subfamily Xyleninae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.   Pale mottled willow (Paradrina clavipalpis). Tribe Caradrinini. Subfamily Xyleninae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.                           

The colour of the pale mottled willow is light to dark beige. The forewing is quite narrow. A characteristic are the small white dots along the kidney-shaped spot on the wings. They are not always as visible as in this picture. Along the front edge are three or four black dots. The hindwings are white to greyish-white. 
It is often found in houses, barns.
Host plants: grasses, plantain.
April - October. Two generations. The caterpillar overwinters in a cocoon in the soil.
Wingspan 21-32 mm.
Europe, North Africa, Asia.
Photo 18-8-2012.
German: Heu-Staubeule.  

Family Erebidae

The moths in the new family Erebidae (2011) were formely classified in the family Noctuidae, Arctiidae and Lymantriidae. (A re-classification) 

Subfamily Arctiinae.

Red-necked Footman (Atolmis rubricollis). Subfamily Arctiinae. Family Erebidae.

Red-necked Footman (Atolmis rubricollis). Subfamily Arctiinae. Family Erebidae.

Red-necked Footman (Atolmis rubricollis). Subfamily Arctiinae. Family Erebidae.

Red-necked Footman (Atolmis rubricollis). Subfamily Arctiinae. Family Erebidae.

Red-necked Footman (Atolmis rubricollis). Subfamily Arctiinae. Family Erebidae.

A moth with black wings and legs and with a red collar. The last part of the abdomen is orange yellow, but that is not seen in these pictures ..
Sometimes you see them rest (as in this photo) on a leaf.
Host caterpillars: Mosses, algae.
Wingspan 25 - 35 mm. 
The pupa overwinters under moss and leaf litter. May - July. One genaration.
Europe and northern Asia.     Photos 7-8-2012. (in the dunes), 1-7-2015 (in the garden)

German: Rotkragen-Flechtenbärchen.  French: le Collier rouge ou la Veuve.

Dingy Footman (Eilema griseola). Subfamily Arctiinae. Family Erebidae. Dingy Footman (Eilema griseola). Subfamily Arctiinae. Family Erebidae. Not in the garden but in the dunes about 4 km from our home. 

Dingy Footman (Eilema griseola). Subfamily Arctiinae. Family Erebidae.

The dingy footman is recognizable by the broad, rounded forewing with a curved front edge. The dingy footman in this picture is quite light. If they are more greyish, you can see a dull yellow margin along the leading edge on the forewings. The wings are held flat over the body.
Other similar species: E. depressa, E. lurideola, E. sororcula. 
Host caterpillars: Mosses, algae.
Wingspan 32 - 40 mm. 
The caterpillar hibernates. May - September. One sometimes two generations.
Europe and North- en southeast-Asia.     Photos 7-8-2012.  

German: Bleigraue Flechtenbärchen, Bleigraue Gelbsaumflechtenbär, Erlen-Flechtenbär. French: Lithosie grise.

Buff Footman (Eilema depressa). Subfamily Arctiinae. Family Erebidae.

Buff Footman (Eilema depressa). Subfamily Arctiinae. Family Erebidae.

Buff Footman (Eilema depressa). Subfamily Arctiinae. Family Erebidae.

Buff Footman (Eilema depressa). Subfamily Arctiinae. Family Erebidae.

The thorax is orange yellow. The wings greyish with an ocher yellow margin along the leading edge. (on this photo not visible) The forewings of the females are more brownish gray with sometimes an orange tint. 
At rest, they keep the wings flat over the body.

Other similar species: E. griseola, E. lurideola, E. sororcula. 
Host caterpillars: Mosses, algae.(Especially on conifers).
Wingspan 28 - 36 mm. 
The caterpillar hibernates.  June - September .One generation.
Europe.     Photo 2-8-2013.  

German: Nadelwald-Flechtenbärchen. 

 

 

Orange Footman (Eilema sororcula). Subfamily Arctiinae. Family Erebidae.

Orange Footman (Eilema sororcula). Subfamily Arctiinae. Family Erebidae.

The forewings are yolk colour. Other similar species:E.depressa, E. griseola, E. lurideola, 
Host caterpillars mosses especially oak, beech.
Wingspan 27-30 mm.
The caterpillar overwinters. Flying time: april - June One generation.
Central and Southern Europe, Asia Minor and Southeast Asia.  

Photos 11-5-2015.  

German: Dottergelbe Flechtenbärchen, Frühlings-Flechtenbär. French: Manteau jaune. 

Rosy Footman (Miltochrista miniata). Onderfamilie Beervlinders (Arctiinae). Familie Spinner-uilen (Erebidae). 

 

Rosy Footman (Miltochrista miniata). Onderfamilie Beervlinders (Arctiinae). Familie Spinner-uilen (Erebidae).  Rosy Footman (Miltochrista miniata). Onderfamilie Beervlinders (Arctiinae). Familie Spinner-uilen (Erebidae). 

An entirely rose red moth. The edges of the wings are darker. Over the forewings runs a clear black wavy line, before the margin a row of black elongate spots and at the beginning of the wings a less wavy line.
Wingspan 23-27 mm.
The caterpillars feed on lichens in the trees, especially oak. They live on sandy soils.
June - September. One or two generations. The young caterpillar overwinters and on mild winter days you can find them searching for food.
Palearctic.
Photos 22-7-2015.  German: Rosen-Flechtenbärchen oder die Rosenmotte. French: La Rosette..

Buff ermine (Spilosoma lutea). Subfamily Arctiinae. Family Erebidae. 

Gele tijger (Spilosoma lutea). Rups. Onderfamilie Beervlinders (Arctiinae). Familie Spinner-uilen (Erebidae).

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Buff ermine (Spilosoma lutea). Subfamily Arctiinae. Family Erebidae.  Buff ermine (Spilosoma lutea). Subfamily Arctiinae. Family Erebidae. 

The male is yellowish or buff. The female is lighter. On the forewing is a row of black spots.
Wingspan 30-42 mm.
Host caterpillars: A variety of herbaceous and woody plants like nettle, honeysuckle, birch. Here it is on ragwort.
The large (tot 45 mm) caterpillar has long brown hairs. 
April - August. One generation. The pupa overwinters in the leaf litter. 
Palearctic. 
Photos 22-7-2015, caterpillar 11-9-2010. 

German: Gelbe Fleckleibbär oder Gelbe Tigermotte.

Subfamily Boletobiinae.

 



Waved Black (Parascotia fuliginaria). Subfamily Boletobiinae. Family Erebidae. Waved Black (Parascotia fuliginaria). Subfamily Boletobiinae. Family Erebidae.

When the waved black rests, it looks like a geometrid moth for it helds its wings flat with the hindwings visible. A gray black owlet moth with cream spots and lines.
Host caterpillars: Mushroom on dead trees like the trametes versicolor, birch bracket, but also lichens.


Wingspan 18 - 28 mm. 
The caterpillar overwinters. June - August. One generation.  
Europe, introduced in North America. One generation.. Photo 26-7-2013. 

German: Pilzeule. French: Lithosie grise.

Subfamily Catocalinae.

Red Underwing (Catocala nupta). Subfamily Catocalinae. Family Erebidae.

Red Underwing (Catocala nupta). Subfamily Catocalinae. Family Erebidae.

Red Underwing (Catocala nupta). Subfamily Catocalinae. Family Erebidae.

Red Underwing (Catocala nupta). Subfamily Catocalinae. Family Erebidae. Red Underwing (Catocala nupta). Subfamily Catocalinae. Family Erebidae.

A very large moth. The forewings are brownish gray. The outer transverse line on the wings is a zigzag line. The hindwings are red with two black bands and a narrow white border. The underside of both the frontwings and hindwings are black with two white bands. (see photo)
Host caterpillars: poplar and willow.
Wingspan 65-80 mm.
They overwinter as eggs in a bark crevice. Flight time: July - October. One generation.
Europe, Asia. Photos 9-8-2013. 

German: Rote Ordensband. French: la Mariée, Lichénée rouge.

Subfamily Eribinae.


Mother Shipton Moth (Euclidia mi, formely Callistege mi). Subfamily Erebinae. Family Erebidae.

Mother Shipton Moth (Euclidia mi, formely Callistege mi). Subfamily Erebinae. Family Erebidae.  Not in the garden but in the dunes about 4 km from our home.

The Mother Shipton Moth is a day active moth. On the dark brown wings you can see the pattern of the profile of the head of a witch. In this picture you can see on the left side of the left wing. English name: This pattern resembles the iconic representation of Ursula Southeil, known as Mother Shipton – a sixteenth-century prophetess and witch.
The hind wings are dark brown cream-coloured spots.
Especially on sandy soils and in the dunes. 
Wingspan 25-30 mm.
April - June. One generation. The pupa overwinters in a cocoon in the grass or in the ground.
Europe, Siberia, the Far East and Asia Minor.
Photo 11-6-2013.
German: Scheck-Tageule.

Subfamily Hypeninae. 

Buttoned snout (Hypena rostralis) Subfamily Hypeninae. Family Erebidae. Before 2011 it belonged to the family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.

Buttoned snout (Hypena rostralis) Subfamily Hypeninae. Family Erebidae. Before 2011 it belonged to the family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.

Buttoned snout (Hypena rostralis) Subfamily Hypeninae. Family Erebidae. Before 2011 it belonged to the family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.

Buttoned snout (Hypena rostralis) Subfamily Hypeninae. Family Erebidae. Before 2011 it belonged to the family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.

Buttoned snout (Hypena rostralis) Subfamily Hypeninae. Family Erebidae. Before 2011 it belonged to the family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.                              
I had not recognized this moth as an owl. I thought of a grass moth. Tymo thanks for the help. It sat on a jacket. Because the bad weather that week it was impossible to take photos. That's why it stayed one week in a box with a lump of sugar with honey.
Features: A small light brown moth. The markings are variable. The moth on the photo is almost without markings and uniform coloured. The long snout is formed by long palps. Compared with other snout moths it has slender wings. 
Caterpillar host plant: hop. But also nettles, blackberries and raspberries.
Wingspan 27-32 mm.
The adult moth overwinters. Flight: After hibernation: from March to June. Next generation: from August to October.
Europe, Asia Minor.  Photo 2-3-2011. Last photo left: 27-10-2012.


German: Hopfen-Zünslereule, Hopfenschnabeleule. French: Toupet.

Fan-foot (Zanclognatha tarsipennalis, sometimes called Hypena tarsipennalis). Family Erebidae. Before 2011 it belonged to the family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.    Fan-foot (Zanclognatha tarsipennalis, sometimes called Hypena tarsipennalis). Family Erebidae. Before 2011 it belonged to the family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.    Fan-foot

An olive brown owl with dark lines. There are some very similar species. Similar are: the Jubilee Fan-foot (Zanclognatha lunalis), Shaded Fan-foot (Herminia tarsicrinalis), Small Fan-foot (Herminia grisealis) and Common Fan-foot (Pechipogo strigilata). Information about the differences on vlindernet. (in Dutch)
Host caterpillars: The fallen leaves, especially of beech, oak and blackberry.
Wingspan 30 - 35 mm. 
The caterpillar overwinters.. 
May - September. Two generations.
Europe.  Photo 26-7-2013. 

German: Olivbraune Zünslereule. French: l’Herminie de la vigne-blanche.

Caterpillar, family Erebidae. 

 

 

 


Cinnabar moth (Tyria jacobaeae). Subfamily Arctiinae. Family Erebidae. 

Cinnabar moth Subfamily Arctiinae. Family Erebidae.  Not in the garden but in the dunes about 4 km from our home.

Host plants of the caterpillar: Ragwort and other ragwort species. Both the caterpillar and the butterfly are inedible because of the poison of the ragwort. The caterpillars are not affected by the poison.
Flying time: April - August A generation. They overwinter as pupa.
Wingspan 32-45 mm.
Europe, West and Central Asia and are introduced in New Zealand, Australia and North America to control the Ragwort
Here you can find photos of the moth: Cinnabar moth

Photo 21-7-2013.German: Jakobskrautbär, Blutbär, Karminbär. French: Goutte de sang, Tyria jacobaeae, Écaille du séneçon, Carmin

 

Caterpillars, family Noctuidae.

Subfamily Noctuinae.

 

 

 


Grey Dagger (Acronicta psi). Tribe Acronictini. Subfamily Acronictinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths

Grey Dagger (Acronicta psi). Tribe Acronictini. Subfamily Acronictinae. Family Noctuidae or Owlet moths.     Not in the garden but in the dunes about 4 km from our home.

Host plants for the caterpillar: Many species of deciduous trees and shrubs, such as birch, apple, elm. 
Flying time: April - September Two generations. 
Wingspan 37-44 mm. 
Owlet moths, which look a lot like the grey digger are the Acronicta cuspis and the Acronicta tridens. The caterpillars don't look alike. Here you can find photos of the moth: Grey Dagger These pictures can also be a Acronicta tridens.
It overwinters as a pupa.

 

Photo 19-8-2013.
German: Pfeileule (Acronicta psi), Schleheneul. 

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