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Dark Spectacle
Abrostola triplasia (Linnaeus, 1758)
Noctuidae: Plusiinae
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Similar Norfolk Species
Spectacle
Abrostola tripartita
Forewing: 14-18mm.
Flight: Two generation June-July. Aug-Sept.
Foodplant:   Common Nettle and Hop.
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
Norfolk Status
Local.
Similar to Spectacle, but differs in having brownish-black ground colour, base of forewing dull straw colour and cross lines edged with red.
Heathland, fens, woodland, scrub and gardens.
More frequent in Norfolk of recent years.

Recorded in 64 (93%) of 69 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1873.
Last Recorded in 2020.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
20/10/2020127TG20 - Norwich
27/09/2020128TF73 - Docking/Bircham
22/09/2020127TG51 - Winterton/Caister
21/09/2020127TG51 - Winterton/Caister
15/09/2020127TG42 - Hickling/Horsey
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