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



Las Descargues, 5 November 2010
Epinotia maculana Adult


© Robin Howard

Epinotia maculana (Fabricius, 1775)

Wingspan: 18-23mm

A univoltine species on the wing from August to early-November when it occasionally comes to the lights at Las Descargues but is more often seen along the margins of the gorge woodland where aspen grows in profusion. Has also been recorded from the poplar plantations at Ladirat.

Larva feeds in the spun leaves of poplars including Populus tremula. Pupation takes place in a flimsy cocoon on or in the soil amongst plant detritus.