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Dark Spectacle
Abrostola triplasia (Linnaeus, 1758)
Noctuidae: Plusiinae
2449 / 73.002
Photo © Oliver Wadsworth,  Torteval. Guernsey. 07/06/2018

Similar West Midlands Species
Abrostola tripartita
Forewing: 14-18mm
Flight: June - July and August - September
Foodplant:   Common Nettle and Hop
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2

An uncommon resident. more common in the north.

Found in a wide range of habitats.

Overwinters as a pupa, the adults coming to light.

Note Similar to the Spectacle but base of the forewings and thorax are straw-coloured and the ground colour of the wing is brownish black.

Recorded in 78 (56%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1887.
Last Recorded in 2022.
(Data up to end 2022)

Latest 5 Records (Data up to end 2022)
Date#VC10k Area
01/09/2022136SO44 - Stretton Sugwas, Wellington
24/08/2022137SO87 - Kidderminster
21/08/2022139SJ84 - Newcastle/Potteries
20/08/2022139SJ85 - Biddulph/Kidsgrove
11/08/2022139SJ93 - Downs Banks/Stone
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