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

NOCTUIDAE

Cuculliinae

Las Descargues, 9 July 2012
Shargacucullia verbasci Larva

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© Robin Howard

Shargacucullia verbasci (Linnaeus, 1758)

Mullein
La Cucullie du bouillon-blanc

Wingspan: 44-56mm

A univoltine species on the wing from April to June. A scarce visitor to light recorded from various calcareous habitats, dry grassland, woodland margins and occasionally the Causse but is commonly encountered at Catus.

The beautiful larva feeds on mulleins both wild and cultivated, overwinters as a pupa sometimes for up to five years although this has only been noted from captive specimens.

 

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