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



Las Descargues, 2 November 2010
Epirrita dilutata Adult


© Robin Howard

Epirrita dilutata ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

November Moth
Epirrite diluée

Wingspan: 27-37mm

A univoltine species on the wing from September to November when it is an occasional visitor to light but can more often be flushed from foliage during daylight hours. Distinguished from autumnata by the curved spur on the clasper and the 8th sclerite or octaval has two, elongated and widely spaced projections separating it from chrystyi. A species of broadleaved woodland and scrub.

Larva feeds on various broadleaved trees and shrubs after overwintering as an egg. Pupation takes place underground.