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moth Spectacle Moths

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Scientific name:  Abrostola tripartita

Size:  Wingspan up to 34mm

Distribution:  Found throughout most of the UK

Months seen:  Adult moths fly from May to September

Habitat:  Gardens, hedgerows, farmland, woodland edges and wasteground

Food:  Nectar.  The caterpillars feed on stinging nettles

Special features:  Spectacle Moths are named after the hairs on their thorax, which when viewed from the front look like a pair of flying goggles.  The wings are light grey with a darker grey band acros the middle of each forewing.

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