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Lycophotia porphyrea (Denis & Schiffermuller, 1775)

Имаго  (Lycophotia porphyrea)


class Insecta subclass Pterygota infraclass Neoptera superorder Holometabola order Lepidoptera superfamily Noctuoidea family Noctuidae subfamily Noctuinae tribe Noctuini subtribe Noctuina genus Lycophotia → species Lycophotia porphyrea

Species name(s)

Lycophotia porphyrea (Denis & Schiffermuller, 1775) = Noctua porphyrea Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775 = Noctua strigula Thunberg, 1792 = Phalaena (Noctua) varia Villers, 1789 = Phalaena (Noctua) concinna Esper, 1790 = birivia Borkhausen, 1792 = Noctua picta Fabricius, 1794 = arnicae Fabricius, 1794 = Phalaena ericae Donovan, 1801 = Noctua ericae Haworth, 1809 = Chersotis marmorea Graslin, 1863. [9, 10]



Zoogeographical regions


Russia regions

#1. Kaliningradsky; #2. Kolsky; #3. Karelsky; #4. Evropeisky Severo-Zapadny; #6. Evropeisky Severo-Vostochny; #8. Evropeisky Tsentralny; #9. Evropeisky Tsentralno-Chernozyomny; #10. Sredne-Volzhsky; #11. Volgo-Donsky; #13. Zapadno-Kavkazsky.

Forewing length

12—15 mm.

Primary colors

Brown/Gray/Black, White.

Flight time

January February March April May June July August September October November December

Larva lifespan

January February March April May June July August September October November December

Имаго  (Lycophotia porphyrea)

Detailed information with references


  • Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Great Britain, Hungary, Germany, Denmark, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and the Soviet Union - the European part, Finland, France, Czech Republic Switzerland, Sweden, Estonia, Yugoslavia. [1].
  • Andorra, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, the British Isles, France, Germany, Greece (mainland), Denmark (mainland), Ireland, Spain (mainland), Italy (mainland), Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands Norway (mainland), the Channel Islands, Poland, Portugal (mainland)Russia, Romania, Northern Ireland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine, Faroe Islands, Finland, France (mainland), Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden, Estonia. [10].
  • Regions of the Russian Federation: the Volga-Don, the European Northeast, the European North-West, the European Central Black Earth, Central European, Western Caucasus, Kaliningrad, Karelia, Kola, Mid-Volzhsky. [3].
  • The area - Europe, at an altitude of 2000 m. [5].

Imago Habitus and Differences from alike species

  • Fore wing length 1.2-1.5 cm, brown color, with a white pattern on the front wings and a white border on the rear. [5].

General info about Imago

  • Porphyry scoop prefer dry terrain - or the warm southern slopes of field / edge. [5].

Imago lifespan

  • Flight from mid-June to late August. [5].

Larva food plants / other food objects

  • Calluna, Erica. [28].
  • Heather. [5].

Larva lifespan

  • From September to May. [5].


Initial species uploading to the site: Peter Khramov.

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Text data: Peter Khramov.

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