Griposia aprilina - Lot Moths and Butterflies - species in Las Descargues, the Lot, France
drawing of a moth



Las Descargues, 15 September 2015
Griposia aprilina Adult


© Robin Howard

Griposia aprilina (Linnaeus, 1758)

Merveille du Jour
La Runique

Wingspan: 42-52mm

A univoltine species flying from September to November when it is strongly attracted to both light and sugar. It has been recorded from all sites but is more abundantly taken from broadleaved, deciduous woodland habitats.

Overwinters as an egg laid singly or in small clusters in the bark crevices or on branches of the foodplant. Larvae bore into the young flower buds of oak before feeding on the emerging leaves. Pupation takes place underground close to the base of the foodplant.