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Hadena caesia

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Kingdom  Animalia
Class  Insecta
Family  Noctuidae
Scientific name  Hadena caesia
Phylum  Arthropoda
Order  Lepidoptera
Genus  Hadena
Rank  Species
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Similar  Hadena albimacula, Hadena perplexa, Hadena confusa, Hadena filograna, Hadena compta

Hadena caesia, also called the grey, is a species of moth of the family Noctuidae. It has a scattered distribution all over Europe (see subspecies section).


Technical description and variation

The wingspan is 32–37 millimetres (1.3–1.5 in). Forewing blue grey, with a furry look, caused by dusky grey irroration; both folds tinged with fulvous; lines and markings often indistinct; upper stigmata pale, with yellow scales in their annuli; a dark antemedian band widened to inner margin and a less prominent dark submarginal cloud; a small dark blotch at middle of costa; hindwing dark fuscous, paler towards base; — manani Gregs. from the Isle of Man and the Irish coast, is uniformly darker slate colour; — ab. nigrescens Stgr., from the Pyrenees, Alps, and Mts. of Scandinavia is much darker, the forewing suffused with black; on the other hand [now full species Hadena clara] Stgr., from Armenia and Asia Minor, has the forewing greyer, with a pinkish tinge; the median area paler.


Adults are on wing from June to August.

Larva brownish ochreous, freckled with darker; a dorsal series of V-shaped marks; subdorsal line darker.The young larvae feed on capsules of various Silene species (including Silene nutans and Silene vulgaris). Later, they feed on the leaves. They overwinter as a pupa.


  • ssp. caesia (Denis&Schiffermüller, 1775) (Alps)
  • ssp. abruzzensis (Draudt, 1934) (Apennine Mountains)
  • ssp. ostrogovichi (Hacker, 1989) (Carpathian Mountains)
  • ssp. bulgarica (Boursin, 1959) (Bulgaria)
  • ssp. xanthophoba (Schawerda, 1922) (Balkan Peninsula)
  • ssp. mananii (Gregson, 1866) (Great Britain and Ireland)
  • ssp. frigida (Zetterstedt, 1839) (southern Fennoscandia)
  • ssp. grisea (Hospital, 1948) (mountains of northern Spain)
  • ssp. revolcadorensis (Calle, 1983) (the Region of Murcia)
  • ssp. castiliana (Reisser, 1935) (Castile region)
  • References

    Hadena caesia Wikipedia