Abrostola tripartita

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Abrostola tripartita
Abrostola tripartita FvL.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Noctuidae
Tribe: Abrostolini
Genus: Abrostola
Species: A. tripartita
Binomial name
Abrostola tripartita
(Hufnagel, 1766)
  • Phalaena tripartita
  • Noctua urticae

The Spectacle (Abrostola tripartita) is a moth of the family Noctuidae. It is found throughout much of the Palearctic ecozone including all Europe, Russia, Siberia Amur, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan.


From South (1907) "This species, has the basal and outer marginal areas of the fore wings whitish grey, finely mottled with darker grey ; the central area is greyish brown, mottled with darker brown. The spectacle mark in front of the thorax is whitish grey, ringed with black, and the raised scales on the cross lines and central area of the fore wings are more distinct in this species" [than in Abrostola triplasia][1] [2]

The larvae feed on Urtica species.[3]



  1. ^ South R. (1907) The Moths of the British Isles, (First Series), Frederick Warne & Co. Ltd., London & NY: 359 pp.
  2. ^ John Heath and A., 1983 Maitland Emmet The Moths and Butterflies of Great Britain and Ireland Volume 10 (Noctuidae – Cuculliinae to Hypeninae, and Agaristidae)
  3. ^ "Robinson, G. S., P. R. Ackery, I. J. Kitching, G. W. Beccaloni & L. M. Hernández, 2010. HOSTS – A Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants. Natural History Museum, London.". 
  • Barry Goater, Lázló Ronkay & Michael Fibiger: Catocalinae & Plusiinae. In: Martin Honey & Michael Fibiger (Hrsg.): Noctuidae Europaeae. Band 10, Entomological Press, Sorø 2003, ISBN 87-89430-08-5.

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