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73.286 ~ 2167 ~ Tawny Shears ~ Hadena perplexa
UK Status

Resident. Common S,C.

Montgomeryshire Status

A relatively uncommon species, with just a small number of records coming from the western side of the county.

Wingspan :  M & F, 27-36mm.

Confusion species

Lychnis and Barrett's Marbled Coronet.
Flight time (Montgomeryshire)


Dry open land on calcareous soil.


The ripening seeds of bladder campion, white campion, Nottingham catchfly, sea campion and rock sea-spurrey.

Lifestage data

Overwinters as a pupa in an underground cocoon. Larva late June-August and again in the autumn.
Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by PRW, 23rd May 2010, Commins Coch

Photo by PB, 22nd May 2010, Morben Isaf