The Flame Axylia putris


Family Noctuidae » Subfamily Noctuinae » Axylia putris (Linnaeus, 1761) 73.328 (BF2098)
Forewing length 14-16 mm. An unmistakeble species which has little variation, except some may show a reddish-brown tinge on the forewing. It has excellent camouflage when at rest as it folds its wings close to its body, lays back its antennae, and mimics a broken stem or twig. A dark leading edge and a dark kidney mark on the forewing readily distinguishes this species from others that maybe similar. The larva feeds on Common Nettle, White Dead Nettle, and other low-growing plants. The adult flies June to July, and it is found in various habitats, including woodland margins, farmland, hedgerows and gardens. A common and widespread species except further north where it is more local.


The Flame (Axylia putris)
The Flame Axylia putris

Caught in moth trap, back garden, South Staffordshire. 25th June 2017. Photos © Peter Hillman.