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73.002 ~ 2449 ~ Dark Spectacle ~ Abrostola triplasia
UK Status

Resident. Common W,(T).

Montgomeryshire Status

A fairly uncommon species, perhaps because it can be confused with the more common Spectacle.

Wingspan :  M & F, 34-40mm.

Confusion species

Flight time (Montgomeryshire)


Most habitats.


Common nettle and hop.

Lifestage data

Overwinters as a pupa in a cocoon in a folded leaf of the foodplant. Larva July-September.
Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by PRW, 27th June 2010, Commins Coch

Photo by MDH, 25th July 2012, Llanfyllin