VikiF's picture


Observed: 17th April 2013 By: VikiF

This is the moth of a caterpillar I found in some brocolli I purchased at a supermarket (Cornwall) The brocolli was from Spain, I'd love to know what species this is.

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Pearly Underwing (Peridroma saucia) interacts


Ron Elliott's picture


I can't say I agree with this identification. However, if it is a Spanish species it may not occur in UK at all. The nearest UK species I can find is Clouded Drab.

Douglas's picture

If it was in the UK, there is

If it was in the UK, there is no question it is P. saucia. I only held reservations because of possible Spanish confusion species. Upon research I can't find any other European contenders so am pretty certain of my ID.

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VikiF's picture

It was in UK but from Spain


It was here but it had travelled here from Spain in my brocolli.

I had a look at clouded drab and it definitely isn't that, it's a different shapre from the side.

Thanks both for your suggestions :)