Flame Brocade

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Trigonophora flammea
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Noctuidae
Genus: Trigonophora
Species: T. flammea
Binomial name
Trigonophora flammea
(Esper, 1785)

The Flame Brocade (Trigonophora flammea) is a moth of the Noctuidae family. The nominate subspecies Trigonophora flammea flammea is found in Europe mostly in the Mediterranean area but up to Normandy.It is also found on the Channel Islands and it has spread to southern England and Ireland. It is found in the Maghreb as the subspecies Trigonophora flammea vividior. This also occurs in parts of Spain. The species lives primarily in dry areas, on warm slopes,grassy scrubland and in karstic oak.

British Isles[edit]

Formerly, it was a resident in Sussex until becoming extinct there in the late 19th century.[1] In October 2011 however, The charity Butterfly Conservation reported that the moth has apparently become established in the south coast of England.[2]

The wingspan is 44–52 mm. Adults are on wing from October to November.

The larvae feed on low plants such as Ranunculus in the early stages, later preferring such species as Fraxinus and Ligustrum. .[3]


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