ABH 73.338

True Lover's Knot Lycophotia porphyrea

BF 2118

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([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)
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26-34 mm


A small but attractive moth, with distinctive chestnut, black and white markings, often with a purplish tinge.Adult colouration can show some variation within individual populations. Forewings are normally reddish brown with white stigmata and crosslines, but some individuals can have a mottled greyish appearance. There are small pale streaks near the outer margin of the forewing. Hindwings whitish brown with darker veining.

Key Features

White marks on forewings which are normally consistent
Small white stigmata
Whitish brown hindwing


Life Cycle

It flies between June and August in a single generation, and is attracted to light. A familiar species of upland and lowland heaths and bogs. Adults appear frequently at light in moderate numbers and also visit flowers, particularly Heather Calluna vulgaris. Although mainly nocturnal, it can occasionally be found in late afternoon. The larvae feed from August to May of the following year on Heather and Bell Heather Erica cinerea. It overwinters as a larva.


A moorland and heathland species, occurring widely over the whole of Britain, and often the commonest of the Noctuidae





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