Brick (moth)

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Agrochola circellaris
The Brick
Agrochola circellaris FvL.jpg
Agrochola circellaris.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Noctuidae
Genus: Agrochola
Species: A. circellaris
Binomial name
Agrochola circellaris
Hufnagel, 1766
  • Sunira circellaris (Hufnagel, 1766)

The Brick (Agrochola circellaris) is a moth of the family Noctuidae. It is distributed throughout most of Europe.


This is a variable species, the forewings ranging from yellow to reddish brown and marked with paler stigmata and fascia. The most distinctive marking is a dark discal spot, with a diffuse dark band linking it to the costa. The hindwings are dirty grey with pale cream margins. The wingspan is 34–44 mm. This moth flies at night from August to October [1] and will come to light but is more strongly attracted to some flowers and sugary foods.

The larva usually feeds on Wych Elm, with a preference for the flowers and seeds, but has been recorded on other elms, ash, poplar, Bird Cherry and Common Osier.[1] This species overwinters as an egg.

External links[edit]


  • Chinery, Michael Collins Guide to the Insects of Britain and Western Europe 1986 (Reprinted 1991)
  • Skinner, Bernard Colour Identification Guide to Moths of the British Isles 1984
  1. ^ The flight season refers to the British Isles. This may vary in other parts of the range.