Dark Spectacle Abrostola triplasia


Family Noctuidae » Subfamily Plusiinae » Abrostola triplasia (Linnaeus, 1758) 73.002 (BF2449)
Forewing length 14-18 mm. You can see where this moth gets its vernacular name from. It looks like the moth is wearing a pair of glasses or spectacles on its head.  Similar species The Spectacle (Abrostola tripartita). The larva feeds on Common Nettle. The adult flies between May and September. Found in a wide range of habitats including hedgerows and gardens. Common and widespread.


Dark Spectacle Abrostola triplasia
Dark Spectacle Abrostola triplasia
Dark Spectacle Abrostola triplasia
Dark Spectacle Abrostola triplasia

Caught in moth trap, back garden, South Staffordshire 5th August 2017. Photos © Peter Hillman. Species identification confirmed and recorded by an expert from iRecord.