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Orthosia sp

Observed: 28th March 2010 By: Tony TownerTony Towner’s reputation in InvertebratesTony Towner’s reputation in InvertebratesTony Towner’s reputation in Invertebrates

Found in my Robinson Moth Trap.
Unsure as to whether it is a Clouded Drab or a Lead-coloured Drab.
I know the Clouded Drab is much more common, but my gut feeling is the Lead-coloured Drab. The forewing looks round tipped and there appear to be black marks on the inner edge of the outermost cross line.

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Lead-coloured Drab (Orthosia populeti) interacts


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Hi Tony,

I must admit I'm not sure about this one, and personally I don't think I could decide for sure which of the two species it is just from the photo. Do you have aspen or poplar nearby?

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There used to be several poplar trees nearby, but I'm pretty sure they have all been cut down now. I will have to walk round the estate and check more thoroughly.

However, I do remember the size of this drab was much smaller than that of a Clouded Drab.