Small quaker

Small Quaker - K.Noble

The Small Quaker (Orthosia cruda) is a moth in the Noctuidae family. It is found in Europe, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Turkey, the Caucasus, Transcaucasia en Kazakhstan, Israel, Lebanon, Cyprus and Jordan.

The wingspan is 28–32 mm. The moth flies in one generation from the end of February to mid May. Like many of the Orthosia species it appears in spring at about the time when sallow catkins appear - on which it nectars. There are several similar, closely related species but it's small size is usually distinctive.

The larvae feed on various deciduous trees, such as oak and willow.

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