The Lychnis Hadena bicruris


Family Noctuidae » Subfamily Hadeninae » Hadena bicruris (Hufnagel, 1766) 73.281 (BF2173)
Forewing length 14-17 mm. Quite an attractive broad-winged moth, with fine white markings. The larva feeds on the seed capsules of various campions (Silene spp.) and related plants, especially Red Campion (Silene dioica). The adult flies in June and July, sometimes again in August and September in the south. It is found in a wide range of habitats, including roadside verges, field margins, hedgerows, woodland and gardens. Common and widespread throughout Britain.


The Lychnis Hadena bicruris
The Lychnis Hadena bicruris

Attracted to outside light, back garden, South Staffordshire. 22nd May 2020. Photos © Peter Hillman. Species identification confirmed and recorded by an expert from iRecord.