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

NOCTUIDAE

Psaphidinae

Las Descargues, 29 October 2009
Asteroscopus sphinx Adult

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© Robin Howard

Asteroscopus sphinx (Hufnagel, 1766)

Sprawler
La Noctuelle-Sphinx

Wingspan: 34-46mm

A univoltine species on the wing from October to the early days of December when it is attracted to light and has been recorded from all woodland sites.

Larvae feed on various broadleaved trees and shrubs. Overwintering takes place in the egg stage, these are laid singly or in small clutches in bark crevices. Larvae feed in early spring before pupation takes place deep underground.

 

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