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Dark Spectacle
Abrostola triplasia

(Linnaeus, 1758) 2449 / 73.002

Davey, P., 2009: A thinly spread species in England and Wales, local in Scotland, the larva feeding on nettle (Urtica dioica) and hop (Humulus lupulus). In Dorset, the moth until fairly recently was rare and at low density in river valleys where hop festoons hedgerows, notably on the Stour, the Moors River, and the Piddle, but has increased quite dramatically of late. Originally there was little evidence to support a resident status for the species, but currently, the moth seems to be regularly... Read More

Recorded in 36 (90%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1932.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 14-18mm
Flight: June - July and August - September
Foodplant:   Common Nettle and Hop
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
12/10/201919SY68 Weymouth / Martinstown
04/10/201919SY39 Lyme Regis
30/09/201919SY49 Bridport
29/09/201919SY39 Lyme Regis
29/09/201919SY68 Weymouth / Martinstown

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