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



Las Descargues, 2 August 2012
Perizoma alchemillata Adult


© Robin Howard

Perizoma alchemillata (Linnaeus, 1758)

Small Rivulet
La Mélanippe coupée

Wingspan: 20-24mm

A bivoltine species flying from May to July and again in August. It is an occasional visitor to light and has been recorded infrequently at Las Descargues and is only slightly more abundant on the Causse.

The larva feeds on Galeopsis terahit, Betonica officinalis, Stachys sylvatica, Lamium, Dianthus, Linaria etc. before overwintering as a pupa undeground.