Abrostola triplasia

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Abrostola triplasia
Donker Brandnetelkapje (Abrostola triplasia).jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Superfamily: Noctuoidea
Family: Noctuidae
Genus: Abrostola
A. triplasia
Binomial name
Abrostola triplasia
  • Phalaena triplasia
  • Noctua trigemina

Abrostola triplasia (the dark spectacle) is a moth of the family Noctuidae. It is found across the entire Palearctic realm (Europe (all countries), North Africa, Russia, Siberia, and Japan). Subarctic territories with an average temperature of below 6 °C are an exception. In the warmest and driest regions of the Mediterranean, the Middle East, and the mountains in West and Central Asia, the species occurs only scattered or is entirely lacking.

The wingspan is 32–38 mm.


This is the description from South (1907) "The fore wings of this moth are blackish grey inclining to purplish and rather shining; the basal area is pale reddish brown, edged by a curved dark chocolate brown cross line ; a reddish grey band on the outer area clouded with ground colour and edged above the inner margin by a dark chocolate brown curved line ; raised scales on the central area and on the cross lines. Two oval reddish brown marks on the front of the collar have some resemblance to a pair of spectacles, hence the English name".[1][2] The oddly shaped humped caterpillar is green, sprinkled with white dots; on segments 4, 5, and 11 are whitish-edged darker marks, and there is a dark line, also whitish-edged, along the middle of the back between segments 5 and 11. There is a white line on the back from segment 4 to the brownish head, and white-edged dark oblique lines on the sides of segments 6 to 11; the line low down along the sides is whitish with an ochreous tinge. A purplish brown form also occurs, in which the pale markings are ochreous tinged.

Similar species[edit]

Abrostola tripartita The spectacle Diagnostic features Abrostola triplasia. The basal area of the forewing whitish grey. The stigmata are outlined in black and there are three parallel streaks at the apex of the wing.

The larvae feed on Urtica dioica, Humulus lupulus and Parietaria.[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".

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