Bright-line Brown-eye Lacanobia oleraceacae
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Noctuidae » Hadeninae
Consistent in appearance with some variation in wing ground colou. rThe forewings are uniformly brown in colour with a fine white outer cross-line forming a W (the bright-line) and an orange blotch kidney-mark (the brown-eye).
It generally flies from May to July, with an occasional second brood in the south.The larvae can be found from June to October, feeding at night. They then overwinter as pupae underground.Larvae feed on a wide range of herbaceous and woody plants including Nettles, Willowherbs, Fat-hen, St. John's-wort, Hazel, Reed Sweet-grass, Hops and Tomatoes
Favouring suburban habitats as well as salt-marshes, the larval foodplants in the wild are usually orache (Atriplex) and goosefoot (Chenopodium), but it can sometimes attack cultivated tomatoes, feeding internally in the fruit.