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



Las Descargues, 5 August 2015
Actinotia polyodon Adult


© Robin Howard

Actinotia polyodon (Clerck, 1759)

Purple Cloud
La Noctuelle clairvoyante

Wingspan: 33-35mm

A beautiful bivoltine species on the wing in May and June and again from July to September. A regular visitor to light and sugar it has been recorded from traps in rough grassland, open woodland, woodland margins and from various habitats on the Causse.

Larvae feed on Hypericum spp., overwintering as pupae below ground.