Noctuidae: Hadeninae

09857 Crescent Helotropha leucostigma (=Celaena), (Hübner, [1808])

BF2368 (ABH73.119)


General Information

In addition to the normal form there is a well-marked variation, f. fibrosa, which is just as frequent, as well as several intermediate forms.


Pupates in leaf litter.

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

Forewing length: 14-17mm.
Foodplant(s): Yellow Iris (Iris pseudacorus), Great Fen-sedge (Cladium mariscus)
Flying: One generation, late July-September
UK Presence: Resident, Possible Immigrant
National status:


Fens, marshes, riversides, margins of lakes and ditches.

Regional Information

There are no records in the system yet in Bulgaria.

Similar Species
Common Rustic Mesapamea secalis
Ear Moth Amphipoea oculea
Haworth's Minor Celaena haworthii

Larva Type:
Pink, brown, grey, black
No. of Proleg Pairs: