Main: (Noctuidae / Xyleninae)
73.238 [B&F: 2250] Dark Brocade (Mniotype adusta) (Esper, 1790)


Previously widespread on heathland, chalk downland, fens, woodland, gardens, moorland, upland grassland and sand-dunes throughout much of the British Isles, but decreasing, especially in southern coastal counties, and a species of conservation concern under the UK Biodiversity Action Plan. In Hampshire and on the Isle of Wight it was formerly quite numerous but there have been no confirmed records in recent decades, although three records between 1997 and 2009 from VC22 (Hampshire), are retained on the database as possibles. Wingspan 40-46 mm. Dark Brocade can be separated from Pale-shouldered Brocade Lacanobia thalassina and Cabbage Moth Mamestra brassicae by its completely hairless eyes, and from all Apamea species by the distinctive long eyelashes. Larva feeds on Heather, Bog-myrtle, Alder and Bladder Campion. A good photograph or specimen is required for this species to be considered for acceptance.

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Distribution Map

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Record Density

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Detail records

VC10 Isle of Wight
Sandown (SZ58)1856-IWNHSAdult
Bembridge (SZ68)1856-IWNHSAdult
Freshwater (SZ38)27-Jun-1992oneKnill-Jones, Sam Adult
VC11 South Hampshire
Buckland (SZ39)1920-Torlesse, ADAdult
Lee-on-Solent (SU50)1946-Torlesse, ADAdult
Old Winchester Hill (SU62)1946-Torlesse, ADAdult
Rowlands Castle (SU71)1950-Stanley, FCAdult
Burley (SU20)1950-Mackworth-Praed, CWAdult
Sandy Down (SZ39)1950-Robinson, PJMAdult
(SU42)1951-Not known-
(SU20)1951-Not known-
Farley Mount (SU42)09-Jun-1952-Goater, Barry Adult
Crab and West Wood (SU42)05-Jun-1953-Goater, Barry Adult
Soberton (SU61)23-Jun-1954threeLangmaid, JohnAdult
Soberton (SU61)07-Jun-1957oneLangmaid, JohnAdult
Soberton (SU61)02-Jul-1958threeLangmaid, JohnAdult
Soberton (SU61)10-Jun-1967-Langmaid, JohnAdult
Denny Wood, NF (SU30)01-Jul-1980-Hilliard, RD-
Matchams (SU10)1983-LePard, GAdult
Matchams (SU10)1984-LePard, GAdult
Matchams (SU10)1986-LePard, GAdult
Sandleheath (SU11)1992-Hutchinson, N-
VC12 North Hampshire
Harewood Forest (SU44)1900-Fassnidge, WAdult
Woolmer Forest (SU73)1900-Fassnidge, WAdult
Alresford (SU53)1950-Ffennell, DWHAdult
Ramsdell (SU55)1950-Ffennell, DWHAdult
Micheldever (SU54)1950-Dixon, CHAdult
Whitehill (SU73)1950-Wright, DAdult
(SU53)1951-Not known-
Burghclere (SU46)1954-Saundby, RAdult
Farringdon (SU73)04-Jun-1954oneSadler, EAAdult
Farringdon (SU73)08-Jun-1954oneSadler, EAAdult
Polhampton (SU55)1963fourSadler, EAAdult
Alice Holt (SU84)05-Jun-1963-Sadler, EAAdult
West Tisted (SU62)23-May-1964oneSadler, EAAdult
Monk Sherborne (SU65)1966-Gilchrist, Warren Adult
Alice Holt (SU84)1967sixWinter, TGAdult
Worthy Down (SU43)1968threeSterling, DHAdult
Alice Holt (SU84)1968oneWinter, TGAdult
Northwood (SU43)22-Jun-1973-Bell, RAAdult
(SU56)1981-Not known-
(SU35)1981-Not known-
(SU23)1981-Not known-
Odiham (SU74)1983oneScott, MAAdult
Greywell (SU75)09-Jul-1984oneBoswell, PAAdult
VC22 West Berkshire (Hants county)
Mortimer (SU66)01-Jul-1997oneDennis, GrahamAdult
Mortimer (SU66)28-May-2005oneDennis, GrahamAdult
Mortimer (SU66)13-Jun-2009oneDennis, GrahamAdult

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