Hebrew Character

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Hebrew Character
Orthosia gothica (1).JPG
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Noctuidae
Genus: Orthosia
Species: O. gothica
Binomial name
Orthosia gothica
(Linnaeus, 1758)

Hebrew Character is a moth species, Orthosia gothica, of the family Noctuidae. It is found throughout Europe.

The forewings of this species are greyish to rufous brown. Typically these are marked with a black mark shaped like the Hebrew letter Nun נ). This is similar to the markings of the Setaceous Hebrew Character although the two species are not closely related. In this species this mark is sometimes split in two or even absent. The hindwings are grey and the wingspan is 30–40 mm. This moth flies at night in March and April (sometimes later) [1] and is attracted to light and various flowers.


The larva is green with a pale stripe down each side and feeds on a wide variety of plants (see list below). This species overwinters as a pupa.

Habitat, Holland

Recorded food plants[edit]

Hebrew letter nun - 15th-century Ashkenazi book-hand

See Robinson, G. S et al.[1]


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


  • 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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