Noctuidae: Heliothinae

09364 Marbled Clover Heliothis viriplaca, (Hufnagel, 1766)

BF2401 (ABH73.072)


General Information

This species flies rapidly in sunshine visiting flowers such as Viper's-bugloss, clovers and others.


Pupates on or in the ground.

Overwinters as Overwinters as a pupa.
Flies during the day

Forewing length: 13-15mm.
Foodplant(s): flowers, restharrows (seedheads) (Ononis spp.), Common Toadflax (Linaria vulgaris), White Campion (Silene latifolia), Bladder Campion (Silene vulgaris), Chicory (Cichorium intybus), Wild Carrot (Daucus carota), herbaceous plants
Flying: One/two generations, mid June-July and July-September
UK Presence: Resident, Possible Immigrant
National status:


Grassland, sand and shingle beaches, and other open grassy areas.

Regional Information

Recorded in 2 (0.1%) of the 1900 10km squares of Bulgaria.

Last recorded in July 2012

Recorded date range (Adult): 26 June to 15 July

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