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Lead-coloured Drab
Orthosia populeti

(Fabricius, 1781) 2185 / 73.246
Photo © Charles Fletcher, 25 Mar 2011,  SE3075Ripon Parks, VC65 - antennae

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Yorkshire Status: Scarce and local resident.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: A species which has increased in range and frequency quite considerably since 1970 but is still rather local and only taken in small numbers.

2012 (CHF): Local in the county but more widespread than Northern Drab. The feathery antennae of the males are usually quite characteristic and this species is less variable than some of the other Orthosia species particularly Clouded Drab with which it is often confused. Small numbers can be found in areas with aspen or poplars. 33 records in 2011 was a big increase on the usual numbers.

Recorded in 71 (36%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1883.
Last Recorded in 2024.
Additional Stats

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Forewing: 15-17mm
Flight: March - April
Foodplant:   Aspen, poplars
Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
07/03/2024265SE28 - Bedale
15/02/2024265SE28 - Bedale
30/04/2023165NZ01 - Barnard Castle
21/04/2023164SE27 - Kirkby Malzeard
17/04/2023364SE27 - Kirkby Malzeard
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