Bright-line brown-eye

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Lacanobia oleracea
Bright-line brown-eye
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Noctuidae
Genus: Lacanobia
Species: L. oleracea
Binomial name
Lacanobia oleracea
(Linnaeus, 1758)

The bright-line brown-eye (Lacanobia oleracea) is a moth of the family Noctuidae. It is a common species throughout Europe, but is also found in North Africa (Morocco and Algeria) , temperate North Asia and Central Asia, Asia Minor, Syria, and Turkestan, northern India, China, Korea and Japan.


This species' common name is usefully descriptive: The forewings are dark reddish-brown marked with a prominent light orange-brown stigma and a bright white subterminal line. The hindwings are grey, darker towards the termen. The wingspan is 34–44 mm. They are attracted to light, sugar and nectar-rich flowers.

Technical description and variation[edit]

See glossary for terms used

Forewing red brown clouded with darker; veins grey, whitish towards termen: reniform stigma orange in its upper part, dark fuscous below; orbicular round, white-edged, sometimes very small; submarginal line finely white, toothed on veins 3, 4 to termen; hindwing dull whitish, pale fuscous towards termen; the veins dark;-the ground colour varies on one side to black brown, ab. obscura Spul , and on the other to rufous, ab. rufa Tutt ; ab. variegata Aust, from Morocco, is paler, reddish yellow.[1]

The larva is green or brown dotted with white with black and yellow spiracular lines down the side with darker edging.The tubercles are black.It feeds on a wide range of plants.[2] and is occasionally a pest of cultivated tomatoes. The species overwinters as a pupa.

Flight from latter half of June to July. Occasional second generation from end of August to first half of September.[3]


  1. ^ Seitz, A. Ed., 1914 Die Großschmetterlinge der Erde, Verlag Alfred Kernen, Stuttgart Band 3: Abt. 1, Die Großschmetterlinge des palaearktischen Faunengebietes, Die palaearktischen eulenartigen Nachtfalter, 1914
  2. ^ "Robinson, G. S., P. R. Ackery, I. J. Kitching, G. W. Beccaloni & L. M. Hernández, 2010. HOSTS - A Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants. Natural History Museum, London.". 
  3. ^ Lacanobia reference

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