Noctuidae: Hadeninae

09837 Butterbur Hydraecia petasitis, Doubleday, 1847

BF2362 (ABH73.124)


General Information

This species is similar to the Rosy Rustic but is substantially larger and dull brown, never pinkish.


Pupates amongst the roots of the food plant.

Overwinters as Overwinters as an egg.
Both sexes come to light but in small numbers only.

Forewing length: 19-23mm.
Foodplant(s): Butterbur (Petasites hybridus)
Flying: One generation, August-early September
UK Presence: Resident
National status:


Marshy places and riverbanks.

Regional Information

There are no records in the system yet in Bulgaria.

Similar Species
Rosy Rustic Hydraecia micacea

Larva Type:
White, yellow, brown, orange
No. of Proleg Pairs: