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73.330 [B&F: 2102a] Radford's Flame Shoulder (Ochropleura leucogaster) (Freyer, [1831])


Notes: Rare immigrant from southern Europe, appearing in southern England. In Hampshire and on the Isle of Wight recorded at Lepe on the mainland in October 2006 and at Ventnor on the Island in September 2008. Wingspan 34-37 mm. Resembles Flame Shoulder O. plecta but the forewings are proportionately longer and paler than in O. plecta with an indistinct line of subterminal spots. O. leucogaster has smaller orbicular and reniform stigmata, straighter and more compact 'flame shoulder' running along the upper edge of the forewing to just beyond the reniform stigma, much purer white and larger hindwings with a whitish fringe. The deeply coloured maroon metathorax contrasts sharply with the silky white hairs which cover the anterior abdominal segments and contrast strongly with the dark red thoracic hairs. The abdomen itself is very pale brown, unlike the darker earth-brown colour of O. plecta (MBGBI Vol 9). Larva feeds on Common Bird's-foot Trefoil, no evidence of breeding in the UK.

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