ABH 73.329

Flame Shoulder Ochropleura plecta

BF 2102

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c25-30 mm.


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.


Life Cycle

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






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