The Spectacle - Abrostola tripartita

    Alt Name
    Spectacle Moth

    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.

    Identification difficulty

    Gardens, heathland, rough grassland, fens, woodland edges and waste ground.

    When to see it

    It has one or two generations, flying between May and September, and is a regular visitor to light.

    Life History

    The larvae feed on Nettle and the species passes the winter as a pupa.

    UK Status

    It is a fairly common species throughout Britain. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire & Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)

    73.001 BF2450

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map