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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Very common and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One or two generations, May-Sep.

Forewing: 15-17mm.

Foodplant: Common Nettle.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18831883188318831883
Year last recorded20142014201420152014
Number of records3296110218532000543
Number of individuals3330143926763513881
Unique positions14313515921647
Unique locations14813415921644
Adult records3254108417721900534
Immature records40101

For the county, we have a total of 8794 records from 701 sites. First recorded in 1883.


73.001 Spectacle 03
© Andy Nunn
73.001 Spectacle 02
© Andy Nunn
73.001 Spectacle 01
© Damian Money

Species Account

Similar species: 2449 Dark Spectacle Abrostola triplasia.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Recorded from all five vice-counties and often frequent or common. Specimens should be carefully checked for A. trigemina (Werneburg) which is very easy to overlook.

2012 (CHF): Common and widespread across all five vice-counties with no recent changes in numbers or distribution.

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