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Flame Shoulder

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Peter Orchard

One of our most common nocturnal moths seen from April until June and then between August and September.



  • Ochropleura plecta: the flame shoulder moth

    Post date: Monday, 14 November, 2016 - 21:18

    The flame shoulder (Ochropleura plecta) is one of our most common moths here in Dorset. Indeed, it is widespread and common across much of the British Isles and is found as far north as Orkney and the Outer Hebrides. It is only about 1/2" long and is very distinctive because of the metallic copper-coloured flashes along the outside edges of the fore wings.  

    It is nocturnal and there are two broods of flying adults each year, one is about from April until June and then the second brood will be on the wing between August and September. Particularly fond of ragwort for its nectar source the larvae live on plantains, docks and groundsels. They over winter as a pupae.

Common Name Flame Shoulder
Scientific Name Ochropleura plecta
Species Group Moths 516 899 Noctuidae
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Moths 516 899 Noctuidae