Noctuidae : Hadeninae
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Photo © Ben Sale,  Bramfield Park Woods, Hertfordshire (15/03/20)

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Lead-coloured Drab
Orthosia populeti

(Fabricius, 1781) 2185 / 73.246

General comments:
Widespread but local resident.

The Lead-coloured Drab may well be under-recorded since there is possible identification confusion with some forms of Clouded Drab. Positive separation of males in the field is very easy, because the antennae of the Lead-coloured Drab are feathered whilst they comprise a single filament, at least to the unaided eye, in Clouded Drab. However, this does not work for females; examples caught within sight of Aspen trees are always worth showing to someone with greater experience.

Recorded in 27 (66%) of 41 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1892.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
30/04/2023120SP90 - Berkhamsted
23/03/2023220TL31 - Hertford
18/03/2023220TL42 - Bishop's Stortford (N)
07/06/2022120TL23 - Letchworth / Baldock
28/03/2022120TL42 - Bishop's Stortford (N)
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Forewing: 15-17mm.
Flight: One generation March-April.
Foodplant:   Aspen, poplars
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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