Apamea remissa

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Dusky brocade
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Noctuidae
Tribe: Apameini
Genus: Apamea
Species: A. remissa
Binomial name
Apamea remissa
(Hübner, 1809)

Apamea remissa, the dusky brocade, is a moth of the family Noctuidae. It is distributed throughout Europe and Turkey, ranging across the Palearctic ecozone to Siberia, Manchuria and Japan. It has also been reported from Alaska.[1]

Some authors consider Apamea indocilis to be a subspecies of Apamea remissa.

This species has a wingspan of 36 to 42 mm. Well-marked individuals are fairly distinctive, but forms with obscure markings can be difficult to distinguish from other species. The typical form has pale greyish-brown forewings with dark markings, including a large blackish mark near the dorsum and two spots at the termen.The difference between the ground colour and the dark shading is pronounced, the ground being pale grey, often reddish tinted, and the markings blackish fuscous;some black wedge shaped marks before submarginal line; the upper stigmata whitish.The hindwings are greyish with darker venation.

This moth flies at night and is attracted to light, sugar and nectar-rich flowers. In the British Isles the moth is active in June and July.

The larva feeds on various grasses, including reedgrasses, tussock grasses, fescues, canarygrasses, and ryes.[2] This species overwinters as a larva, feeding during mild weather.


  1. ^ Kononenko, V. S., et al. (1989). Annotated list of owlet moths (Lepidoptera, Noctuidae) of Beringia. Entomologicheskoe Obozrenie 68(3) 549-67.
  2. ^ "Robinson, G. S., et al. 2010. HOSTS - A Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants. Natural History Museum, London.". 


  • 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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