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73.248 (BF2184)

Northern Drab   

Orthosia opima
Adult: 3
Resident. Rare.

The first accepted record for D&G  was one at Tarras Valley (VC 72) on 23 April 2022.


Stocky with a very furry thorax. Forewing pointed with a very straight leading edge. Quite variable in colour.

Recording Method.

Attracted to light, also comes to sugar and flowers.

Life cycle

One generation. Overwinters as a pupa in an underground cocoon with the adult fully formed inside. Larvae May-July.

Larval foodplants

A range of woody and herbaceous plants, including sallows and birches, ragworts.


A range of open, usually damp habitats.

1 record(s) from 1 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2022

 UK Moths website - further information on species (with photos)

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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