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
  • 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

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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