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



Las Descargues, 16 June 2012
Tethea or Adult


© Robin Howard

Tethea or ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

Poplar Lutestring
L'Or, la Double-Bande brune

Wingspan: 38-43mm

A bivoltine species here in the south, flying from April to June and again from mid-July to the end of September. It seldom visits light but has been recorded from Las Descargues and Ladirat in the poplar plantations.

Larvae are poplar feeders but it is also found on Salix and Quercus. It overwinters as a pupa wrapped in the leaves of the foodplant.