Small Angle Shades

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Small angle shades
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Noctuidae
Genus: Euplexia
Species: E. lucipara
Binomial name
Euplexia lucipara
(Linnaeus, 1758)

The small angle shades (Euplexia lucipara) is a moth of the family Noctuidae. It is distributed throughout Europe.

As the common name suggests, this species is closely related to the angle shades (Phlogophora meticulosa), and is considerably smaller (wingspan 30–35 mm), but does not especially resemble that species. The forewings are dark brown with a broad, pale subterminal band, wider and paler towards the costa. The hindwings are whitish at the base, graduating to brown at the margins. In the British Isles this species flies at night in June and July, with a second generation sometimes emerging in September. It is attracted to light and sugar.

The larvae often feed on ferns and the species is usually associated with them. Other recorded food plants include birch, false bindweed, dogwood, larkspur, willowherb, ash, ivy, lettuce, privet, loosestrife, oak, buttercup, currant, raspberry, willow, tomato, coltsfoot, nettle, and guelder rose.[1] The species overwinters as pupae.

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  • Chinery, M. Collins Guide to the Insects of Britain and Western Europe. 1986 (Reprinted 1991)
  • Skinner, B. Colour Identification Guide to Moths of the British Isles. 1984

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