The Moths of Suffolk
2185 Lead-coloured Drab, Orthosia populeti, (Fabricius, 1781)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local

Habitats : Broad-leaved woodland

Flight Period : Single-brooded; mid-March to early May

Larval foodplants : Aspen, Black Poplar and probably other types of poplar

Morley's Final Catalogue : Apparently rare and local. Raydon and Bentley (Harwood); Bentley Woods in 1893 (Mly); Copdock, 1896-8 (Hkg); Ipswich, at light in February 1894 and April 1895 (Baylis, Pyett). Stowmarket (C), Bury (Sparke), Becclcs (Crf). No recent captures.

Wingspan details : Forewing 15-17mm, Wingspan 34-40mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultNorthern Drab, Orthosia opima
Common Quaker, Orthosia cerasi
Clouded Drab, Orthosia incerta

Compare confusion species
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Ramsey Wood, Suffolk (iii.2003) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Rendham (16.iii.2004) © M Deans
Barton Mills, Suffolk (17.iii.2005) © Lee Gregory
Barton Mills, Suffolk (17.iii.2005) © Lee Gregory
 
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Eye, Suffolk (16.iii.2009) © Paul Kitchener
Female - Ipswich, Suffolk (23.iii.2010) © Neil Sherman
Male - Ipswich, Suffolk (28.iii.2010) © Neil Sherman
 
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Male - Ipswich, Suffolk (28.iii.2010) © Neil Sherman
Head of male showing pectinate antennae - Ipswich, Suffolk (28.iii.2010) © Neil Sherman
Wolves Wood, Suffolk (29.iii.2010) © A Prichard
 
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Wolves Wood, Suffolk (29.iii.2010) © A Prichard
Female - Ipswich, Suffolk (12.iii.2011) © Neil Sherman