Lycophotia porphyrea - Lot Moths and Butterflies - species in Las Descargues, the Lot, France
drawing of a moth



Las Descargues, 18 July 2009
Lycophotia porphyrea Adult


© Robin Howard

Lycophotia porphyrea ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

True Lover's Knot
La Noctuelle porphyre

Wingspan: 24-34mm

Imago: univoltine - May-September. An occasional visitor to light but an uncommon species here. It has been recorded from woodland margins and the heathland patches of the ridge.

Larva: feeds on Calluna vulgaris and Erica spp. Overwinters as a late-instar larva pupating on or just below ground level.