Marbled Coronet Hadena confusa
Marbled Coronet Hadena confusa
Adult • Orton Waterville, Cambs • © Jonathan Newman

73.283 BF2171

Marbled Coronet Hadena confusa

(Hufnagel, 1766)

Wingspan 33-39 mm.

Locally widespread over a large part of the British Isles, the species varies from a very black-and-white form to an almost all brown variety, occurring in Shetland.

The adults fly in May and June, sometimes with a partial second generation in the south-east of England.

Preferring chalky soils and shingle beaches, the larvae feed on the seeds of bladder-campion (Silene vulgaris), sea-campion (S. maritima) and other Silene species.
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