Sirhowy Hill Woodlands

Scientific name: Ochropleura plecta

Flame Shoulder

Two generations between April and September. Common to England, Wales and Ireland, less frequent in Scotland at the north of its range.


A recognisable species with bright straw-coloured stripes running along the leading edges of the forewings, with a second black band behind. The rest of the wings are a rather plain reddish-brown colour.


Flies wildly when it comes to light. The larvae can be seen from June to July and September to October in the south, or August to September in the north, before they overwinter as pupae just below the ground.

What does the Flame Shoulder eat?

The Flame Shoulder eats bedstraws, docks, Groundsel (Senecio vulgaris), Ribwort Plantain (Plantago lanceolate) and other low lying herbaceous plants.

What habitat does the Flame Shoulder live in?

The Flame Shoulder can be found in a broad range of habitats including gardens, hedgerows, farmland, grasslands, woodland and wetlands. 

What family does the Flame Shoulder belong to?

The Flame Shoulder belong to the Noctuidae family.

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Scientific Name

Ochropleura plecta


England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland


Medium Sized

Wingspan Range: 24-30mm


Widespread and abundant throughout Great Britain

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