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Cucullia umbratica (Shark)

Wikipedia Abstract

The shark (Cucullia umbratica) is a moth of the family Noctuidae. It is distributed throughout much of the Palearctic ecozone (Europe, Russia, Afghanistan, Turkestan, Mongolia), but has recently also been reported from North America, from the Magdalen Islands in Canada. This is a fairly large species (wingspan 52–59 mm) with long, narrow wings giving a 'streamlined' appearance. The forewings are grey with brown and black streaks. The hindwings are grey in the male, brown in the female. It flies at night in June and July and is attracted to light and a variety of flowers.
View Wikipedia Record: Cucullia umbratica


Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Avon Gorge Woodlands 376 England, United Kingdom
Berwickshire and North Northumberland Coast 160731 England/Scotland, United Kingdom  
Braunton Burrows 3328 England, United Kingdom
Caithness and Sutherland Peatlands 354692 Scotland, United Kingdom
Carmarthen Bay and Estuaries/ Bae Caerfyrddin ac Aberoedd 163340 Wales, United Kingdom
Corsydd Môn/ Anglesey Fens 1154 Wales, United Kingdom  
Dawlish Warren 145 England, United Kingdom
Dee Estuary/ Aber Dyfrdwy 39057 England/Wales, United Kingdom
Dorset Heaths (Purbeck and Wareham) and Studland Dunes 5491 England, United Kingdom
Exmoor and Quantock Oakwoods 4683 England, United Kingdom
Fenland 1529 England, United Kingdom
Fenn`s, Whixall, Bettisfield, Wem and Cadney Mosses 2346 England/Wales, United Kingdom  
Great Orme`s Head/ Pen y Gogarth 748 Wales, United Kingdom  
Hackpen Hill 89 England, United Kingdom  
Inverpolly 29349 Scotland, United Kingdom
Isle of Portland to Studland Cliffs 3577 England, United Kingdom
Isles of Scilly Complex 66350 England, United Kingdom    
Lizard Point 34565 England, United Kingdom    
Lyme Bay and Torbay 77215 England, United Kingdom
Moray Firth 373987 Scotland, United Kingdom  
Morecambe Bay 151985 England, United Kingdom
Morecambe Bay Pavements 6449 England, United Kingdom
Naddle Forest 892 England, United Kingdom  
North Norfolk Coast 7926 England, United Kingdom  
Pembrokeshire Marine/ Sir Benfro Forol 341177 Wales, United Kingdom  
Pen Llyn a`r Sarnau/ Lleyn Peninsula and the Sarnau 360832 Wales, United Kingdom
Saltfleetby–Theddlethorpe Dunes and Gibraltar Point 2373 England, United Kingdom  
Severn Estuary/ Môr Hafren 182155 England/Wales, United Kingdom
Sidmouth to West Bay 2217 England, United Kingdom
Skipwith Common 729 England, United Kingdom  
Solent Maritime 27985 England, United Kingdom
South Solway Mosses 4849 England, United Kingdom
Start Point to Plymouth Sound & Eddystone 84204 England, United Kingdom  
The New Forest 72309 England, United Kingdom
The Wash and North Norfolk Coast 266284 England, United Kingdom
Trossachs Woods 927 Scotland, United Kingdom
Witherslack Mosses 1202 England, United Kingdom
Y Twyni o Abermenai i Aberffraw/ Abermenai to Aberffraw Dunes 4623 Wales, United Kingdom  

Prey / Diet

Centranthus ruber (red valerian)[1]
Crepis capillaris (Smooth Hawksbeard)[1]
Lactuca sativa (Lettuce)[1]
Lactuca serriola (Wild Lettuce)[1]
Lonicera periclymenum (European honeysuckle)[1]
Pilosella officinarum (Mouse-ear Hawkweed)[1]
Sonchus arvensis subsp. uliginosus (Corn Sow Thistle)[1]
Sonchus oleraceus (Smooth Sow-Thistle)[1]
Sonchus palustris (Marsh Sowthistle)[1]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Autographa bractea (Gold Spangle)3
Botanophila sonchi2
Cucullia asteris (Star-wort)2
Deilephila porcellus (Small Elephant Hawk-moth)2
Diachrysia chrysitis (Burnished Brass Moth)2
Ensina sonchi2
Epiphyas postvittana (Light brown apple moth)2
Episyrphus balteatus (Marmelade Fly)2
Eucosma conterminana (Lettuce Tortricid)2
Hada plebeja (Shears)3
Hecatera bicolorata7
Hecatera dysodea (Small Ranunculus)3
Hemaris tityus (Narrow-bordered Bee Hawk-moth)2
Lacanobia thalassina (Pale-shouldered Brocade)2
Liriomyza strigata2
Orthochaetes setiger2
Papestra biren (Glaucous Shears)2
Phlogophora meticulosa (Angle Shades Moth)2
Polia bombycina (Pale Shining Brown)2
Polymixis flavicincta (Large Ranunculus)2
Scopula imitaria (Small Blood-vein)2
Tephritis formosa (Gall Fly)3
Thrips angusticeps3
Trichoplusia ni (cabbage looper)2
Trupanea amoena2




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1Biological Records Centre Database of Insects and their Food Plants
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Abstract provided by DBpedia licensed under a Creative Commons License
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