Plusinae

The Plusiinae are a subfamily of owlet moths (Noctuidae). Many specimens from this subfamily have a metallic or striking white marking on the front wing and a protruding crest at the head.

Tribe: Abrostolini

Dark Spectacle – 2018 (NL)

During moths sessions, you sometimes do not immediately see what you have on the canvas or has sat down close to the wall or fence. When you look closely at the photos later, you suddenly see that you have spotted a new species. This also applies to the Dark Spectacle (Abrostola triplasia), where I only saw the unique drawing when I looked at the photo. The forewing is predominantly dark brown with a straw-yellow wing base. The wing base of the Spectacle (Abrostola tripartita)) is silver-grey. The owl marks are located in a dark grey zone that is outlined in reddish-brown and are coloured just a bit lighter than the area in which they are located. When you look at this owlet moth from the front, it looks like he has brown glasses (hence his English name). The flight period is in two and sometimes three generations from April to October and the wingspan is 28-32mm. Host plant: Nettle and hops. Dutch name: Donker brandnetelkapje. Frisian name: –

 

Tribe: Plusiini

Silver Y – 2006 (NL)

The most distinctive feature of the Silver Y (Autographa gamma) is a continuous white-yellow Y-shaped spot in the centre of the forewing. The forewing is also brown and grey marbled and has a light-coloured spot on the outside of the outer transverse line. This owlet moth keeps its wings roof-shaped above its abdomen and on the top of the brisket is a crest with two smaller crests slightly further back. It flies in several generations from April to October and the wingspan is 30-45mm. Host plant: Bedstraws, Clovers, Common Nettle, Garden Pea and Cabbage. Dutch name: Gamma-uil. Frisian name: Pistoaltsje.

 

Burnished Brass – 2008 (NL)

The Burnished Brass (Diachrysia chrysitis) has a grey-brown forewing with a purple tint and, when resting, is worn as a roof above the abdomen. Striking are the wide metal-green bands at the base of the wing and the costal area. These bands have a nice shine. On the top of the chest piece is an orange crest with a second crest behind it. It flies in two, and sometimes three, generations from May to October and the wingspan is 32-38mm. Host plant: Nettle, White Dead-nettle, Wild Marjoram and Spear Thistle. Dutch name: Koperuil. Frisian name: Koperûltsje.

 

Gold Spot – 2019 (NL)

A beautiful appearance in the moth trap was the Gold Spot (Plusia festucae). This gold-coloured owlet moth with a striking upright crest is very similar to the Lemke’s Gold Spot (Plusia putnami), but is still easy to distinguish. Near the wingtip is a white spot that is divided into four pieces by brown veins. It is the inner white spot that is needed to discover the difference between the two. At the Gold Spot, this white spot slants, with a point towards the midfield. The white spot ends almost straight for the Lemke’s Gold Spot. Most notable are the two silver-coloured spots in the centre of the forewing. These spots are variable in shape. The spot closest to the trailing edge is always smaller and elliptical or drip-shaped. The flight period is from May to October in two generations and the wingspan is 34-46mm. Host plant: Various plants, mainly associated with damp habitats. Dutch name: Goudvenstertje. Frisian name: Goudfinsterke.