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


Las Descargues, April, 2006
Diurnea fagella Adult


© Robin Howard

Diurnea fagella ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

Wingspan: male - 26-30mm female - 15-20mm

A univoltine species appearing from March to May with occasional individuals straying into early June. The male is attracted to light and has been recorded from all woodland sites particularly those that are oak dominated. Females have truncated wings and do not fly although they have been observed gliding to the ground when disturbed.

Larvae are polyphagous on various deciduous trees and shrubs. Pupation takes place in leaf detritus or in the soil.