Noctuidae: Hadeninae

09682 Green-brindled Crescent Allophyes oxyacanthae, (Linnaeus, 1758)

BF2245 (ABH73.068)


General Information

There are two distinct forms of this species, the typical has patches of metallic green scales giving it an attractive sheen in the correct light. A melanic form, f. capucina, is found in suburban areas, and shows much less green.


Pupates in loose soil.

Overwinters as Overwinters as an egg.
Both sexes readily come to light, sometimes in numbers.

Forewing length: 17-20mm.
Foodplant(s): hawthorns (Crataegus spp.), Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa), Dog-rose (Rosa canina), Crab Apple (Malus sylvestris), plums (Prunus spp.), cotoneasters (Cotoneaster spp.)
Flying: One generation, September-November
UK Presence: Resident
National status:


Broadleaved woodland, scrub and gardens.

Regional Information

There are no records in the system yet in Bulgaria.

Larva Type:
With lumps, bumps or horn(s)
Brown, grey, red, black
No. of Proleg Pairs: