Frosted orange moth

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Gortyna flavago
Frosted Orange Moths of the British Isles.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Noctuidae
Genus: Gortyna
Species: D. flavago
Binomial name
Gortyna flavago
(Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

Noctua flavago Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775
Phalaena ochracea Hübner, 1786
Phalaena lappae Donovan, 1801
Noctua ochraceago Haworth, 1809

The Frosted orange moth (Gortyna flavago) is a moth of the Noctuidae family' It is found in Europe.

The Frosted Orange is a nightflying species whose orange and brown speckled wings allow for perfect camouflage against autumn leaves in the daytime. It is attracted to light and does not come to flowers, and its caterpillars inhabit the root-stems of the species' foodplants. Its wingspan ranges from 3 to 4.3 cm, and it flies between August and October. Northern variants tend to be slightly darker in colour.

Habitat, Germany

The larva feeds on Sambucus racemosa, Filipendula ulmaria, Helianthus annuus and Arctium species -Arctium tomentosum, A. minus.[1]


  • Wildlife of Britain - the definitive visual guide by Dorling Kindersley and the RSPB.

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