Polia bombycina

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Pale shining brown
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Noctuidae
Genus: Polia
Species: P. bombycina
Binomial name
Polia bombycina
(Hufnagel, 1766)

Polia bombycina (pale shining brown) is a moth of the family Noctuidae. It is found in the Palearctic ecozone from Ireland to Japan including the Russian Far East and Siberia.

Technical description and variation[edit]

The wingspan is 43–52 mm. Forewing pale or dark lilac grey, more or less suffused with grey brown,especially in costal half; a slight dark basal streak below median vein; claviform stigma outlined with black: orbicular and reniform large, paler, with dark centres; reniform with white on outer edge and often followed by a rufous patch; submarginal line preceded by blackish wedge-shaped marks, and acutely indented on submedian fold; hindwing brownish fuscous; — specimens in which the glaucous tint predominates are ab. nitens Haw.; — the much rarer uniformly reddish brown form is unicolor Tutt - flavescens Spul., from the Bukowina, has the forewings pale brownish yellow; — ab. mongolica Stgr. the common form in central and eastern Asia is uniformly darker grey brown with a reddish undertone, the submarginal line equally distinctly indented. [1]


The moth flies from May to July depending on the location.

Larva pale brown; dorsal line pale; some dark oblique streaks; a whitish dark -mottled lateral line containing the spiracles which are bright redbrown, edged with black. The larvae feed on various herbaceous plants - Betula sp., Alnus incana, Sorbus aucuparia, Prunus padus, Pimpinella saxifraga, Angelica silvestris, Galium verum, Chrysanthemum vulgare, Artemisia campestris, Artemesia absinthium, Artemesia vulgaris, Hieracium umbellatum.[2]


  1. ^ Seitz, A. Ed., 1914 Die Großschmetterlinge der Erde, Verlag Alfred Kernen, Stuttgart Band 3: Abt. 1, Die Großschmetterlinge des palaearktischen Faunengebietes, Die palaearktischen eulenartigen Nachtfalter, 1914
  2. ^ "Robinson, G. S., P. R. Ackery, I. J. Kitching, G. W. Beccaloni & L. M. Hernández, 2010. HOSTS - A Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants. Natural History Museum, London". 

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