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



Las Descargues, 1 September 2011
Aspitates gilvaria Adult


© Robin Howard

Aspitates gilvaria ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

Straw Belle
L'Aspilate jaunatre

Wingspan: 32-40mm

A univoltine species flying from August to the end of September when it is attracted to light but is more commonly encountered as a diurnal species flying in bright sunshine. Recorded from all lowland sites but particularly those on, or near the Causse.

Larval foodplants are diverse, Lotus corniculatus, Genista sagittalis, Lonicera xylosteum, Biscutella didyma, Potentilla spp. and Pastinaca sativa. Overwinters as a small larva before pupating on grass stems in a flimsy cocoon.