Noctuidae: Amphipyrinae

09311 Mouse Moth Amphipyra tragopoginis, (Clerck, 1759)

BF2299 (ABH73.064)


General Information

This is a rather plain-looking moth with three dark dots on the forewing. The vernacular name probably comes from the moth's reluctance to fly when disturbed, instead preferring to scurry around like a mouse.


Pupates on the ground or in loose soil.

Overwinters as Overwinters as an egg.
Both sexes come to light.
Often found at rest during day

Forewing length: 16-18mm.
Foodplant(s): Salad Burnet (Sanguisorba minor), teasels (Dipsacus spp.), Mugwort (Artemesia vulgaris), Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), Californian Poppy (Eschscholzia californica), sallows (Salix spp.), hawthorns (Crataegus spp.), herbaceous plants
Flying: One generation, July-September
UK Presence: Resident
National status:


Heathland, scrub, gardens, fens and woodland.

Regional Information

There are no records in the system yet in Bulgaria.

Larva Type:
Green, white, yellow, black
No. of Proleg Pairs: