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Kent Moth Group


Lead-coloured Drab

Orthosia populeti

Family: Noctuidae

RES: 73.246 B&F: 2185

Verification Grade (Adult):

Can be confused with Clouded Drab (O. incerta) but Lead-coloured Drab tends to be less variable, usually predominantly grey, has a more rounded termen and more distinct black dots on the subterminal fascia.

Aspen (Populus tremula) is the main foodplant, the larvae feeding at first within the catkins, and later feeding on the leaves. 

A local species that can be found in broad-leaved woodland, parks and gardens.

© Dave Shenton

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Distribution in Kent

The map below shows the distribution of records of Lead-coloured Drab (Orthosia populeti) within Kent. Use the control below to show data for a certain time period. If you've got a dot to add, please submit your records to us. Click here for more information on how to submit data.

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The graph below shows at which time of the year Lead-coloured Drab (Orthosia populeti) can be expected to be recorded in Kent. Hover over the graph to see exact figures for each period of the year, and use the controls below to filter by VC and time span:

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Photo Gallery

Below is a gallery of Lead-coloured Drab (Orthosia populeti) images from Kent. If you would like to contribute any photographs, please email

Reporting Rate

The graph below shows how the number of records submitted Lead-coloured Drab (Orthosia populeti) to the Kent database has varied since 1950. Hover over the graph to see exact figures for each year, and use the control below to filter by a certain VC.

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External Links

More information about Lead-coloured Drab (Orthosia populeti) can be seen on the external pages listed below: