Small Ranunculus Hecatera dysodea


Family Noctuidae » Subfamily Hadeninae » Hecatera dysodea ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) 73.280 (BF2165)
Forewing length 14-15 mm. The orange-gold and black mottled scales on the forewings are quite distinctive, except in faded specimens. The larva feed on the flowers and seeds of various wild and cultivated lettuce (Lactuca spp.). The adult flies June to August, and is found on roadside verges, brownfield sites, gardens and allotments. In recent years this moth had a come back after becoming extinct by the early part of the 20th century. Recently it became re-established in a small area of Kent and Essex, around the Thames and is now expanding quite rapidly north and westwards. Recent colonist and suspected immigrant, it is local and scarce.


Small Ranunculus Hecatera dysodea
Small Ranunculus Hecatera dysodea

Attracted to outside light, back garden, South Staffordshire. 4th July 2020. Photos © Peter Hillman. Species identification confirmed and recorded by an expert from iRecord.