Lesser Treble-bar

  • Lesser Treble-bar
    Lesser Treble-bar

Scientific name: Aplocera efformata

May - September. Mainly southern Britain. A medium-sized grey-banded moth. Often found near St John's-wort, found in a range of habitats, including gardens, field margins and chalk grassland. Smaller than the Treble-bar.

Very similar to the Treble-bar, with which it is easily confused. It is usually slightly smaller with less intense dark cross-bands. The angle of the narrow basal cross-band is slightly acute, the angle being quite sharp. The tip of the abdomen in both sexes is blunt, in the male of the Treble-bar it is pointed.

Readily disturbed by day from its foodplant or surrounding vegetation. Flies from dusk and after dark.

Size and Family

  • Family – Carpets and Allies (Larentiines)
  • Small Sized 

Conservation status

  • UK BAP: Not listed
  • Common

Particular Caterpillar Food Plants

St John’s-worts.

Distribution

  • Countries – England, Wales
  • Mainly restricted to southern Britain, being found north through Wales to Cumbria and Co. Durham. Most frequent in the southern parts of its distribution. Rare on Jersey.

Habitat

Found in a range of habitats, including gardens, field margins, woodland rides, calcareous grassland, waste ground, sand dunes and sea-cliffs.

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