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


Las Descargues, June 2002
Hepialus humuli Adult


© Robin Howard

Hepialus humuli (Linnaeus, 1758)

Ghost Moth
L'Hépiale du houblon

Wingspan: male: 42-58mm female: 42-70mm

A species with marked sexual dimorphism, one generation from June to early August when it is a scarce visitor to light at Las Descargues. A species of woodland rides, meadows and grassy habitats with rank vegetation development.

Larva feeds on the roots of various wild and cultivated herbaceous plants, overwintering for up to two years before pupating underground.