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Abrostola tripartita
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Dark Spectacle
Abrostola triplasia

(Linnaeus, 1758) 2449 / 73.002

Morley's Final Catalogue: Less common than the last kind. Hitherto noted at Ipswich (bred in 1893 - Morley), Hacheston, Stowmarket, Bury, Tuddenham (Sparke) and Southwold (Ctw).

Recent Suffolk Status: Local. Has possibly increased in the county in recent years.

Life history: Double-brooded. Has been noted from April till October in Suffolk. Regular at light in small numbers.

Identification: Similar to Spectacle. Dark spectacle is darker in colour and has the basal area close to the thorax straw or reddish brown in colour, this area being pale grey in Spectacle.

Habitat: River valleys, marshes, hedgerows, gardens.

Recorded in 42 (72%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1893.
Last Recorded in 2023.
Additional Stats

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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
10/10/2023125TM46 - Minsmere/Leiston
07/10/2023126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
02/10/2023+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
01/10/2023125TM58 - Carlton Colville/Kessingland
27/09/2023125TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Forewing: 14-18mm.
Flight: Two generation June-July. Aug-Sept.
Foodplant:   Common Nettle and Hop
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
 Immature Adult
Underlying maps using Digital Map Data © Norfolk Online Lepidoptera Archive - NOLA™ - Suffolk 2024. © James Wheeler - Norfolk Moths 2007 - 2024. Data © NOLA™ - Suffolk 2024
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