The Moths of Suffolk
2188 Clouded Drab, Orthosia incerta, (Hufnagel, 1766)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and abundant

Habitats : Broad-leaved woodland, scrub, heathland and gardens

Flight Period : Single-brooded; late February to May

Larval foodplants : Various broad-leaved trees - found locally on sallows

Morley's Final Catalogue : Fairly common; most usually dug as pupae in winter, and generally distributed.

Wingspan details : Forewing 16-20mm, Wingspan 34-42mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultNorthern Drab, Orthosia opima
Lead-coloured Drab, Orthosia populeti
Powdered Quaker, Orthosia gracilis
Twin-spotted Quaker, Orthosia munda

Compare confusion species
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Rendham (iii.2004) © M Deans

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (18.iii.2015) © Paul Kitchener
Ipswich, Suffolk (iii.2003) © N Sherman
Thetford (12.iv.2001) © L Gregory
 
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Light brown form - Ipswich, Suffolk (iii.2005) © Neil Sherman
Reddish form - Ipswich, Suffolk (iii.2005) © Neil Sherman
Great Cornard, Suffolk (12.v.2006) © Stuart Read
 
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Eye, Suffolk (14.iii.2008) © Paul Kitchener
Eye, Suffolk (22.iii.2009) © Paul Kitchener
Eye, Suffolk (2.iv.2009) © Paul Kitchener
 
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Beaten from hawthorn (Crataegus) - Cransford, Suffolk (6.vi.2009) © A Prichard
Dorsal view - Cransford, Suffolk (6.vi.2009) © A Prichard
Close-up of larval head - Cransford, Suffolk (6.vi.2009) © A Prichard
 
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Close-up of anal plate - Cransford, Suffolk (6.vi.2009) © A Prichard
Ipswich, Suffolk (20.iii.2010) © Neil Sherman
Wolves Wood, Suffolk (29.iii.2010) © A Prichard
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (11.iv.2012) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (19.iv.2012) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (15.iv.2013) © Neil Sherman
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (29.iii.2015) © Paul Kitchener
Ipswich, Suffolk (7.iii.2015) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (10.iv.2015) © Neil Sherman
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (10.iv.2015) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (16.iv.2015) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (12.iii.2017) © Paul Kitchener
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (16.iii.2017) © Paul Kitchener
Ipswich, Suffolk (2.iv.2017) © Paul Kitchener