Noctuidae : Plusiinae
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Dark Spectacle
Abrostola triplasia
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Spectacle
Abrostola tripartita

(Hufnagel, 1766) 2450 / 73.001

Morley's Final Catalogue: Somewhat frequent with us. Recently noted about Bentley Wood, at light (Mly); common at Martlesham (D), Hemley and Waldringfield (Wlr); Waldringfield (James); Southwold (Ctw); and Tuddenham (Sparke). Abundant at Sibton (Hawley).

Recent Suffolk Status: Very common.

Life history: Double-brooded. Has been noted from April till October in Suffolk. Regular at light in small numbers. Seen at dusk feeding at flowers in gardens. Larvae have been found on Nettles a few times in the county.

Identification: Similar to Dark spectacle. That species is darker in colour and has the basal area close to the thorax straw or reddish brown in colour.

Habitat: Many habitats with nettles including gardens.

Recorded in 55 (95%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1940.
Last Recorded in 2024.
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Determination
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
29/05/2024126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
28/05/2024125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
28/05/2024125TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
28/05/2024226TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
26/05/2024226TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
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Forewing: 15-17mm.
Flight: One or two generations. May-Sept.
Foodplant:   Common Nettle
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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