The Spectacle Abrostola tripartita
The Spectacle Abrostola tripartita
Adult • Littleborough, Lancashire • ©

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The Spectacle Abrostola tripartita

(Hufnagel, 1766)


Wingspan 27-30 mm.

This moth derives its English name from the raised tufts of scales on the thorax, which resembles a pair of spectacles when viewed from the front.

It is a fairly common species throughout Britain, and is a regular visitor to light. It has one or two generations, flying between May and September.

The larvae feed on nettle (Urtica dioica) and the species passes the winter as a pupa.
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