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



Las Descargues, 19 August 2011
Abrostola tripartita Adult


© Robin Howard

Abrostola tripartita (Hufnagel, 1766)

La Plusie de l'ortie

Wingspan: 30-38mm

Imago: Bivoltine, May to July and again in August and September when it is a frequent visitor to light and has been recorded from all the Las Descargues traps and most other sites in the immediate area too. A species of rough meadows, woodland margins and hedgerows.

Larva: Feeds on Urtica before overwintering as a pupa in plant detritus or behind loose bark.