Flame (moth)


Flame (moth)

Taxobox
name = The Flame



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regnum = Animalia
phylum = Arthropoda
classis = Insecta
ordo = Lepidoptera
familia = Noctuidae
genus = "Axylia"
species = "A. putris"
binomial = "Axylia putris"
binomial_authority = Linnaeus, 1761

The Flame ("Axylia putris") is a moth of 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 wingspan is 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.

The larva is grey or brown with black markings and a hump at the rear end. It feeds on a variety of cereals and other herbaceous plants (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

*"Beta" - Beet
*"Galium" - Bedstraw
*"Hordeum" - Barley
*"Lotus" - Bird's-foot Trefoil
*"Medicago" - Alfalfa
*"Polygonum"
*"Rumex" - Dock
*"Secale" - Rye
*"Taraxacum" - Dandelion
*"Trifolium" - Clover
*"Triticum" - Wheat
*"Urtica" - Nettle
*"Vicia"

External links

* [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]

References

*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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