Noctuidae: Hadeninae

09925 Shears Hada plebeja (=nana), (Linnaeus, 1761)

BF2147 (ABH73.273)


General Information

The open scissors or shears shape marking on the forewing is diagnostic.


Pupates in a cocoon on the ground in leaf litter.

Overwinters as Overwinters as a pupa.
Both sexes readily come to light, sometimes in numbers.
Often found at rest during day

Forewing length: 14-17mm.
Foodplant(s): Smooth Hawk's-beard (Crepis capillaris), Mouse-ear-hawkweed (Pilosella officinarum), Lucerne (Medicago sativa), herbaceous plants
Flying: One/two generations, late May-early July and August
UK Presence: Resident
National status:


Open heaths, downland, sand dunes and woodland.

Regional Information

There are no records in the system yet in Bulgaria.

Similar Species
Early Grey Xylocampa areola
Brindled Green Dryobotodes eremita

Larva Type:
Brown, grey, black
No. of Proleg Pairs: