Noctuidae : Plusiinae
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Dark Spectacle
Abrostola triplasia
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Abrostola tripartita

(Hufnagel, 1766) 2450 / 73.001

General comments:
Widespread and common resident.

The scientific name of this species and of the Dark Spectacle have been exchanged throughout entomological history causing confusion in the records. So, with a rare (from me) nod to the use of English names, the Spectacle is the common one (with 5,887 records in the database and the Dark Spectacle (with 398 records) is the rarer one - in Herts and Middlesex. If you travel to Cornwall, the situation seems to be reversed.

Recorded in 37 (90%) of 41 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1887.
Last Recorded in 2023.
Additional Stats

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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
17/09/2023120SP91 - Tring
12/09/2023120TL42 - Bishop's Stortford (N)
09/09/2023120TL21 - Welwyn Garden City
09/09/2023120TL31 - Hertford
08/09/2023120TL42 - Bishop's Stortford (N)
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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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