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



Las Descargues, 4 March 2010
Lithophane ornitopus Adult


© Robin Howard

Lithophane ornitopus (Hufnagel, 1766)

Grey Shoulder-knot
La Nébuleuse

Wingspan: 34-42mm

A univoltine species flying from September to November it then undergoes a period of hibernation before appearing again between February to April. Attracted to light and sugar it has been recorded from all wooded upland sites.

The larva feeds on oak in late spring and early summer before before pupating underground.