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Orthosia incerta (Hufnagel, 1766)

Имаго  (Orthosia incerta)


class Insecta subclass Pterygota infraclass Neoptera superorder Holometabola order Lepidoptera superfamily Noctuoidea family Noctuidae subfamily Noctuinae tribe Orthosiini genus Orthosia subgenus Orthosia → species Orthosia incerta

Species name(s)

Orthosia (Orthosia) incerta (Hufnagel, 1766) = Phalaena incerta Hufnagel, 1766 = Noctua instabilis [Schiffermüller], 1775 = Phalaena (Noctua) collinita Esper, 1790 = Phalaena (Noctua) contracta Esper, 1790 = Phalaena (Noctua) trigutta Esper, 1790 = Bombyx angustus Haworth, 1803 = Bombyx fuscatus Haworth, 1803 = Bombyx nebulosus Haworth, 1803 = Bombyx subsetaceous Haworth, 1803 = Phalaena instabilis.

Clouded Drab.



This species marks on the maps: 5.

Zoogeographical regions


Russia regions

#1. Kaliningradsky; #3. Karelsky; #4. Evropeisky Severo-Zapadny; #6. Evropeisky Severo-Vostochny; #7. Evropeisky yuzhno-tayozhny; #8. Evropeisky Tsentralny; #9. Evropeisky Tsentralno-Chernozyomny; #10. Sredne-Volzhsky; #11. Volgo-Donsky; #13. Zapadno-Kavkazsky; #14. Vostochno-Kavkazsky; #16. Sredne-Uralsky; #17. Yuzhno-Uralsky; #20. Yuzhno-Zapadnosibirsky; #22. Krasnoyarsky; #23. Predaltaisky; #24. Gorno-Altaisky; #25. Tuvinsky; #26. Predbaikalsky; #28. Zabaikalsky; #37. Nizhne-Amursky; #38. Sakhalin; #40. Primorsky.

Forewing length

14—17 mm.

Primary colors


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

Over-wintering stage


Имаго  (Orthosia incerta)

Detailed information with references


  • Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Great Britain, Hungary, Germany, Greece, Denmark, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Corsica, Crete, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sardinia, Sicily, Slovakia, the Soviet Union - The European part of Turkey - European part, Finland, France, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden, Estonia, Yugoslavia. [1].
  • Andorra, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the British Isles, France, Germany, Greece (mainland), Denmark (mainland), Ireland, Spain (mainland), Italy (mainland), Cyprus, Corsica Crete, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Moldova, the Netherlands,Norway (mainland), the Channel Islands, Poland, Portugal (mainland), Romania, Russia, Sardinia, Northern Ireland, Sicily, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey (European part), Ukraine, Finland, France (mainland), Croatia, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden, Estonia, Yugoslavia. [10].
  • Regions of the Russian Federation: the Volga-Don, East Caucasus, Gorno-Altaisk, the European North-East, the European North-West, the European Central Black Earth, the European Central European South taiga, Transbaikalia, Western Caucasus, Kaliningrad, Karelia, Krasnoyarsk, Nizhne-Amur, Prealtay,Of Baikal, Primorye, Sakhalin, Mid-Volzhsky, Mid-Ural, Tuva, South West Siberian, South Ural. [3].
  • The area - Europe, up to 2000 m. [5].

Imago Habitus and Differences from alike species

  • Length of front wing in the range 1.4-1.7 cm, color gray, can be reddish or reddish-brown characteristic feature - kidney-shaped spot, which at the bottom is filled with pigment. The front wing is always a distinct median shadow. [5].

General info about Imago

  • Meadows and deciduous forests, parks / gardens - places volley. [5].

Imago lifespan

  • Early purple-gray scoops fly from mid-March to mid-May the same. [5].

Larva food plants / other food objects

  • Betula, Quercus, Trifolium, Vaccinium. [28].
  • Willow and poplar. [5].

Larva lifespan

  • The caterpillars are active from May to June. [5].

Overwintering stage

  • Winters Orthosia incerta at the pupal stage in the soil. [5].

Subspecies of Orthosia incerta


Initial species uploading to the site: Peter Khramov.

Photos: Nikolai Vladimirov, Vitaly Gumenuk.

Text data: Peter Khramov.

The species characteristics formalization: Peter Khramov, Sergei Kotov.



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30.01.2014 22:10, Sergei Kotov Corrected data.

Over-wintering stage: No formalized data → Pupa.

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