The Gem Nycterosea obstipata
The Gem Nycterosea obstipata
Male • St. Agnes, Isles of Scilly • © Tony Davison

70.047 BF1720
The Gem Nycterosea obstipata

(Fabricius, 1794)

Wingspan 18-21 mm.

Another continental species, which is a regular migrant to the British Isles, mainly in the south.

The species is sexually dimorphic, the male being light brown with a darker central band, and the female slightly larger and darker, with a white spot on each forewing.

It usually appears in late summer and autumn.

The larvae feed on various low-growing plants.
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