Noctuidae: Plusiinae

09093 Dark Spectacle Abrostola triplasia, (Linnaeus, 1758)

BF2449 (ABH73.002)


General Information

This species is similar to the Spectacle, but differs in having brownish-black ground colour, base of forewing dull straw colour and cross lines edged with red.


Pupates in a folded leaf of the food plant.

Overwinters as Overwinters as a pupa.
Both sexes come to light but in small numbers only.

Forewing length: 14-18mm.
Foodplant(s): Common Nettle (Urtica dioica), Common Hop (Humulus lupulus)
Flying: Two generations, June-July and late August-September
UK Presence: Resident
National status:


Heathland, fens, woodland, scrub and gardens.

Regional Information

There are no records in the system yet in Bulgaria.

Similar Species
Dragoman, NW Bulgaria. 8th June 2019. Light trap.
Dragoman, NW Bulgaria. 8th June 2019. Light trap.
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Spectacle Abrostola tripartita

Larva Type:
With lumps, bumps or horn(s)
Green, brown, black, purple, white
No. of Proleg Pairs: