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Burnished Brass - Diachrysia chrysitis
Burnished Brass - Diachrysia chrysitis


Burnished brass
The burnished brass (Diachrysia chrysitis, synonym Plusia chrysitis) is a species in the family owlet moths (Noctuidae) and the subfamily Plusiinae. This species is widespread in Europe and Asia.
Owlet moth - Burnished Brass
Owlet moth - Burnished Brass
Burnished brass moths can reach wingspans of 28 - 35 mm. The base colour of the front wings’ upper surface is dark brown, while the seams have a brassy sheen. The forewings have two bands which are a metallic-green or golden colour depending on the light. These bands usually have a brownish central area, which separately bears a black pattern. The rear wings of the burnished brass are brown. Tufts of rusty-brown hair are clearly visible on the upper surface of the chest.
Burnished Brass - Diachrysia chrysitis - view from the rear
Burnished Brass - Diachrysia chrysitis - view from the rear
The burnished brass produces up to 2 new generations a year. The females lay their eggs at the instance on nettle, Lamiaceae, dandelion, Snyder, and Echium, and their caterpillars feed on the leaves. The caterpillars overwinter without pupating.
Butterfly - Burnished Brass
Butterfly - Burnished Brass
Moth-butterfly - Burnished Brass
Moth-butterfly - Burnished Brass

Diachrysia chrysitis
Subspecies2
Common namesBurnished Brass
German namesMessingeule
Dutch namesKoperuil
Danish namesGrøn Metalugle, Messingugle
Finnish namesMessinkiyökkönen, Vyömessinkiyökkönen
Norwegian namesVanlig båndmetallfly, Større båndmetallfly
Swedish namesGrönglänsande metallfly
French namesVert-Doré
AuthorCarl von Linné (Carl Nilsson Linnæus), 1758
Distribution
Continents:

Eurasia
Asia
Far East (East Asia (Korea (South Korea), Japan, Mongolia, China (Manchuria))), West Asia (Near East (Turkey, Iran)), North Asia, Central Asia (Turkestan (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan))
Europe
North Europe (British Isles (United Kingdom (Great Britain (England (South England (Southwest England (Cornwall, Somerset, Devonshire)), East England (Suffolk, Norfolk, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire (Huntingdonshire), Bedfordshire), English Midlands (East Midlands (Leicestershire, Northamptonshire), West Midlands (Staffordshire)), North England (Northwest England (Cheshire), Northeast England (Northumberland), Yorkshire)), Wales (Mid Wales (Montgomeryshire))), Northern Ireland), Ireland), Germany (West Germany (North Rhine-Westphalia)), Scandinavia (Norway (Vestfold, Aust-Agder, Vest-Agder, Akershus, Buskerud, Oslo, Rogaland, Telemark, Hedmark, Hordaland, Møre and Romsdal, Nord-Trøndelag, Oppland, Sør-Trøndelag, Østfold), Sweden, Denmark), Fennoscandia (Finland), Baltic region (Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania))), West Europe (Austria, France (South France (Occitania (Midi-Pyrenees))), Switzerland, Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg), Liechtenstein), South Europe (Italy (Italy Islands (Sicily, Sardinia), North Italy, South Italy, Central Italy (Lazio (Rome))), Iberian Peninsula (Spain, Andorra)), Central Europe (Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic (Moravia, Bohemia), Slovakia), Southeast Europe (Romania, Yugoslavia (Slovenia, Croatia, Macedonia (Republic of Macedonia), Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro), Bulgaria, Greece, Albania, Moldova), East Europe (Ukraine, Belarus)
Russia
Siberia (Russian Far East (Primorsky Krai))
Caucasus
Georgia, Azerbaijan, Caucasus Mountains
America
North America
Canada, USA


Ecozones:

Palaearctic
West Palaearctic


Distribution by Synonymus:
Diachrysia tutti   Mongolia
Plusia chrysitis   Iran
Diachrysia tutti   Korea, Primorsky Krai, Manchuria
Xanthia subflava   Caucasus Mountains
Diachrysia tutti   Ussuri
CountriesAlbania, Andorra, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, USA, Ukraine, United Kingdom
Links and ReferencesDiachrysia chrysitis in faunaeur.org
Diachrysia chrysitis in leps.it
Diachrysia chrysitis in dyntaxa.se
Diachrysia chrysitis in Wikipedia (English)

Description of images / photos
Photography with Cameras
Nikon D3x, Nikon D300, Canon 50D
Image editing with Photoshop
1. Burnished Brass - Diachrysia chrysitis
2. Owlet moth - Burnished Brass
3. Burnished Brass - Diachrysia chrysitis - view from the rear
4. Butterfly - Burnished Brass
5. Moth-butterfly - Burnished Brass
Quick search: Chrysitis - Brass - Burnished - Diachrysia - Brown - Colour
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Taxonomy
ClassInsecta
Insects, True insects
SubclassPterygota
Winged insects
InfraclassNeoptera
Wing-folding insects
SuperorderHolometabola
Holometabolous Insects
OrderLepidoptera
Lepidopterans, Butterflies and Moths
SuborderGlossata
InfraorderHeteroneura
SectionCossina
SubsectionBombyces
SuperfamilyNoctuoidea
Moths
FamilyNoctuidae
Owlet Moths, Underwings, Noctuid moths, Dagger moths, Cutworms, Underwing moths, Miller Moths
SubfamilyPlusiinae
Plusiines
TribePlusiini
SubtribeEuchalciina
GenusDiachrysia
Specieschrysitis
Diachrysia chrysitis
Burnished Brass
AuthorLinnaeus, 1758
Wingspan28 mm
 
Synonyms
Diachrysia chrysitis
Diachrysia splendidior
Diachrysia stenochrysis
Diachrysia tutti
Phalaena (Noctua) citrago
Phalaena (Noctua) fulvago
Phalaena (Noctua) ochreago
Phalaena chrysitis
Phytometra chrysitis
Plusia chrysitis
Plusia tutti
Xanthia apennina
Xanthia citrago
Xanthia subflava
 
Subspecies
Diachrysia chrysitis generosa
Diachrysia chrysitis stenochrysis
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