Buff arches

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Buff arches
Habrosyne pirytoides 1.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Drepanidae
Genus: Habrosyne
Species: H. pyritoides
Binomial name
Habrosyne pyritoides
(Hufnagel, 1766)
  • Phalaena (Noctua) pyritoides Hufnagel, 1766
  • Phalaena (Noctua) derasa Linnaeus, 1767
  • Gonophora derasoides Butler, 1878
  • Habrosyne pyritoides ochracea Werny, 1966

The buff arches (Habrosyne pyritoides) is a moth of the family Drepanidae. It is found throughout Europe and is well distributed in the British Isles except the far north of England and all of Scotland.

This is a distinctive and attractive species, its grey-brown forewings marked with bold buff-orange “arches." The hindwings are grey with white margins. The wingspan is 40–45 mm. It flies from June to August [1] and is attracted to light and sugar.

The larva is orange-brown with a prominent white spot on each side of the head and feeds on bramble, hawthorn and hazel. The species overwinters as a pupa.

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


  • Habrosyne pyritoides pyritoides (Europe, Northern Iran)
  • Habrosyne pyritoides derasoides (Butler, 1878) (south-eastern Russia, Korean Peninsula, Japan, China: Heilongjiang, Jilin, Liaoning, Beijing, Hebei)


  • 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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