Flame Shoulder Ochropleura plecta
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Noctuidae » Noctuinae
Distinctive moth; forewings range from purplish brown to chestnut brown, with a pale costal streak that runs from the basal area and fades out well short of the apex; stigmata straw-coloured, with a dark line. Hindwings glossy white with pale brown at the outer margin.
Key Identification Features:
Pale costal streak
Dark black line through stigmata
Glossy white wings
Similars Its only likely confusion species in Britain is Radford's Flame Shoulder (O. leucogaster), which is a very rare migrant to the south coast.
The nocturnal caterpillars live on low plants such as dock (Rumex) and plantain (Plantago).including Groundsel, Lady's Bedstraw, Hedge Bedstraw and Heath Bedstraw, over-wintering as a pupa.There are two generations, flying in May and June and again in August and September.
A common species throughout Britain, occupying woodland fringes, gardens and meadowland