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Orthosia populeti (Fabricius, 1781)

Lead-coloured Drab
73.2460 (B&F: 2185)


»Suborder: Glossata
  »Superfamily: Noctuoidea
    »Family: Noctuidae
      »Subfamily: Hadeninae
        »Tribe: Orthosiini

A resident species, generally occurring singly or sparingly, but sometimes fairly common at mv light in a wide range of habitats. Common inside poplar plantations. Widespread but absent from the north-west and very local and distinctly episodic in numbers. Single-brooded, flying mainly from early March to late April. Larvae feed on black poplar while adults are also associated with its hybrids. (Pratt, 2011)

Orthosia populeti (Fabricius, 1781)
Bracklesham, 23 iii 2016
Photo: Derek Lee
Orthosia populeti (Fabricius, 1781)
Bracklesham, 12 iii 2017
Photo: Derek Lee
Orthosia populeti (Fabricius, 1781)
Scotney Estate, 12 iv 2019
Photo: Charles Waters
Orthosia populeti (Fabricius, 1781)
Bracklesham, 21 iii 2019
Photo: Derek Lee
Orthosia populeti (Fabricius, 1781)
Findon Valley, 21 iii 2012
Photo: Mike Snelling
Orthosia populeti (Fabricius, 1781)
Findon Valley, 15 iii 2012
Photo: Mike Snelling

Distribution at 1km scale

Phenology (adult)

No larval records

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