´╗┐ Orthosia populeti - Lot Moths and Butterflies - species in Las Descargues, the Lot, France
drawing of a moth



Las Descargues, 19 March 2010
Orthosia populeti Adult


© Robin Howard

Orthosia populeti (Fabricius, 1775)

Lead-coloured Drab
La TÚniocampe du peuplier

Wingspan: 32-36mm

A univoltine species on the wing from February to late April when it is an occasional visitor to light and has been recorded from all the Las Descargues traps and those in or near poplar plantations and where aspen is found along the ridge path above the gorge.

The larva feeds on the catkins and then leaves of various species of poplar before overwintering as a pupa underground.