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



Las Descargues, 20 June 2012
Phytometra viridaria Adult


© Robin Howard

Phytometra viridaria (Clerck, 1759)

Small Purple-barred
La Noctuelle couleur de bronze

Wingspan: 20-23mm

Imago: bivoltine - May to September when it is attracted to light and has been recorded from woodland margins, calcareous grassland and heathland.

Larvae: feed on milkwort and lousewort overwintering as pupae in a strong cocoon secreted in plant detritus.