Broad-barred White

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Broad-barred White
Hecatera bicolorata FvL.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Noctuidae
Genus: Hecatera
Species: H. bicolorata
Binomial name
Hecatera bicolorata
Hufnagel, 1766
Synonyms
  • Phalaena bicolorata
  • Aetheria bicolorata
  • Noctua serena
  • Noctua hieracii
  • Polia leuconota
  • Phalaena par
  • Hecatera intermedia
  • Noctua monticola
  • Mamestra serena var. obscura

The Broad-barred White (Hecatera bicolorata) is a moth of the family Noctuidae. It is distributed throughout Europe and is also found in Turkey, Iran, Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Kirghizia, Tajikistan, western Siberia and China.

Aetheria bicolorata.jpg
Caterpillar

This is a fairly small (wingspan 28–35 mm) but distinctive species, the white forewings marked with a broad dark brown band. The hindwings are grey with blackish fringes. This species flies at night from June to August [1] and is attracted to light and various flowers.

The larva is brown or green with darker diamonds along the back. It feeds on the flowers and buds of various yellow-flowered Asteraceae such as hawksbeards, hawkweeds and sow thistles.[2] The species overwinters as a pupa.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ The flight season refers to the British Isles. This may vary in other parts of the range.
  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.". 
  • 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

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