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Spectacle
Abrostola tripartita

(Hufnagel, 1766) 2450 / 73.001

Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in Britain, the larva feeding on nettle (Urtica dioica). In Dorset, the moth is widespread and frequent, but common in areas where improved farmland provides nitrogen-rich soils where nettle plants flourish. The national norm is for a single brood in the north of Britain from late June until mid-July, and a double brood in the south from late May to June and again in August and September. However in Dorset, a univoltine cycle plus a bivoltine cycle is... Read More

Recorded in 40 (100%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1940.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 15-17mm
Flight: One or two generations May - September
Foodplant:   Common Nettle
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
27/09/201919SY49 Bridport
27/09/201919SY78 Broadmayne
26/09/201919SY49 Bridport
18/09/201919ST61 Sherborne
17/09/201919SZ07 Swanage

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