The Spectacle - Abrostola tripartita

Alternative names
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)

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

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