1. Coronet, Marbled Coronet, Poplar Grey and Knot Grass dark noctuids with a light oval mark
2. Dot Moth, Black Rustic and Common Rustic agg. Dark noctuids with a light kidney mark
Kidney mark is dark. A bright ‘coronet’ mark just below it
Often other markings are as bright as the ‘coronet’ mark.
Some forms are so dark that the ‘coronet’ mark is not obvious
Similar to the Coronet but the Oval mark is part of a white band going halfway across the forewing
Note : There is also a Varied Coronet in which the white band through the Oval mark goes right across the forewing
1 or 2 white marks on each forewing next to the trailing edge
Often has marks similar to Knot Grass but marks not pure white and usually more than two on each forewing
Common Rustic agg.,Black Rustic, Dot Moth,
There are 3 moths-
Centre of the kidney mark lighter than the rest of the forewing.
Tip and outer edge of the forewing gently rounded.
Common Rustic agg. They are very variable but the aggregate group have marks in common which distinguish them from other species.
A small orange protrusion usually visible.
The Coronet and Common Rustic groups are very variable. There are a number of other species which are easily recognisable themselves but that the above moths could be mistaken for.
Black Rustic and Dot Moth are given here as examples that black forms could be mistaken for.
Background of forewing made up of dark purple and green blotches
Forewings quite glossy
Centre of the kidney mark black
White edge below the kidney mark.
Whole kidney mark white.