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73.022 ~ 2439 ~ Gold Spot ~ Plusia festucae
UK Status

Resident. Common

Montgomeryshire Status

A fairly common species found throughout the county.

Wingspan :  M & F, 34-46mm.

Confusion species

Lempke's Gold Spot.
Flight time (Montgomeryshire)


Mainly damp places but also found on moorland and heathland.


Sedges, yellow iris, branched bur-reed and water plantain.

Lifestage data

Overwinters as a small larva. Larva September-May. Pupates in a in a transparent white cocoon spun in the leaves of the foodplant.
Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by PRW, 18th July 2006, Commins Coch