Early Grey Xylocampa areola


Family Noctuidae » Subfamily Psaphidinae » Xylocampa areola (Esper, 1789) 73.069 (BF2243)
Forewing length 15-18 mm. The forewing is ash-grey and heavily marbled with darker colours. The oval and kidney-mark are pale, and an additional oval is joined to the first and also the kidney-mark which is diagnostic. The larva feeds on on honeysuckle (Lonicera). One of the early moths to appear in spring, the adult flies March to May. It is found in broadleaved woodland, scrub, hedgerows and gardens. Common and widespread throughout Britain, especially the south.


Early Grey Xylocampa areola
Early Grey Xylocampa areola

Attracted to outside light, back garden, South Staffordshire. 9th May 2020. Photos © Peter Hillman. Species identification confirmed and recorded by an expert from iRecord.