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Dusky Brocade

The Dusky Brocade (Apamea remissa) is a moth of the family Noctuidae. It is distributed throughout Europe. It has also been reported from Alaska by Kononenko et al. in 1989.

Some authors consider Apamea indocilis to be a subspecies of Apamea remissa.

This species has a wingspan of 36-42 mm. Well marked individuals are fairly distinctive but there are many obscurely marked forms which can be difficult to separate from other species. The typical form has pale greyish-brown forewings with dark markings including a large blackish mark near the dorsum and two spots at the termen. The hindwings are greyish with darker venation. This moth flies at night in June and July and is attracted to light, sugar and nectar-rich flowers.

The larva feeds on various grasses including Calamagrostis, Deschampsia, Festuca, Phalaris and Secale (Rye). This species overwinters as a larva, feeding during mild weather.

  1. The flight season refers to the British Isles. This may vary in other parts of the range.

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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