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2243 ~ Early Grey ~ Xylocampa areola
UK Status

Resident. Common

Montgomeryshire Status

A common species, found throughout the county.

Wingspan :  M & F, 32-40mm.

Confusion species

Shears and Glaucous Shears.

Flight time (Montgomeryshire)


Broadleaf woodland, scrub, hedgerows and other well wooded areas including gardens.


Wild and cultivated honeysuckles.

Lifestage data

Overwinters as a pupa in a strong cocoon underground. Eggs are laid singly on the stems of the plant. Larva April-June, feeding at night.
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Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by PRW, 12th Mar 2007, Commins Coch

Photo by MDH, 17th Mar 2010, Llanfyllin

Photo by PB, 12th Mar 2012, Morben ISAF