Orthosia populeti

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Lead-coloured drab
Orthosia populeti
Orthosia populeti entomart.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Superfamily: Noctuoidea
Family: Noctuidae
Genus: Orthosia
O. populeti
Binomial name
Orthosia populeti
(Fabricius, 1775)

Orthosia populeti, the lead-coloured drab, is a moth of the family Noctuidae. It is found in Europe.

The wingspan is 34–40 mm. The length of the forewings is 15–17 mm.Meyrick describes it -Antennae in male bipectinated. Forewings brown-grey, slightly purplish-tinged ; first, median, and second lines somewhat darker, especially on costa ; orbicular and reniform darker, outlined with pale ; subterminal line pale greyish-ochreous, edged anteriorly in middle with two small red-brown or black marks. Hindwings grey. Larva pale green or greenish-whitish ; dorsal, subdorsal, and spiracular lines whitish ; head pale greenish-ochreous, more or less blackmarked.[1] The moth flies in one generation from the beginning of March to May [1].

The caterpillars mainly feed on aspen.


  1. ^ The flight season refers to Belgium and the Netherlands. This may vary in other parts of the range.


  1. ^ Meyrick, E., 1895 A Handbook of British Lepidoptera MacMillan, London pdf This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.

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