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



Las Descargues, 31 May 2012
Epinotia thapsiana Adult


© Matthew Gandy

Epinotia thapsiana (Zeller, 1847)

Wingspan: 13-16mm

A bivoltine species of dry, open habitats flying in May and June and again in July and August when it is a scarce visitor to the traps at Las Descargues although, as would be expected it has been recorded from the limestone Causse.

Larvae feed on various herbaceous plants, Thapsia, Ferrula, Crithmum, Ligustrum, Laserpitium and Foeniculum species.