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



Las Descargues, 20 June 2012
Calophasia opalina Adult


© Robin Howard

Calophasia opalina (Esper, 1793)

Wingspan: 26-31mm

A Mediterranean-Asiatic bivoltine species on the wing from April to the end of June and again from mid-July to September when it is strongly attracted to light. A species of dry, calcareous grassy habitats with exposed rocks and areas of tall sward.

The larvae feed on Linaria, Antirrhinum and Delphinium spp. with pupation taking place on the stems of the foodplant or other tall adjacent plants.