- Flame (moth)
name = The Flame
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genus = "
species = "A. putris"
binomial = "Axylia putris"
binomial_authority = Linnaeus,
The Flame ("Axylia putris") is a
mothof the family Noctuidae. It is found throughout Europe.
This species has creamy-buff forewings (sometimes tinged with red) with black streaking along the costa. The hindwings are whitish with a dark line along the margin. The
wingspanis 30-36 mm. Unusually for a noctuid, this moth rests with its wings wrapped tightly around its body making it resemble a broken twig. It flies at night in June and July (sometimes a second brood is produced which flies in September) ref|flight_season and is attracted to light.
larvais grey or brown with black markings and a hump at the rear end. It feeds on a variety of cereals and other herbaceousplants (see list below). The species overwinters as a pupa.
# "The flight season refers to the
British Isles. This may vary in other parts of the range."
Recorded food plants
Galium" - Bedstraw
*"Lotus" - Bird's-foot Trefoil
Rumex" - Dock
* [http://www.funet.fi/pub/sci/bio/life/insecta/lepidoptera/ditrysia/noctuoidea/noctuidae/noctuinae/axylia/index.html#putris The Flame at Markku Savela's Lepidoptera pages]
*Chinery, Michael "Collins Guide to the Insects of Britain and Western Europe" 1986 (Reprinted 1991)
*Skinner, Bernard "Colour Identification Guide to Moths of the British Isles" 1984
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