Noctuidae: Aediinae

2465 (ABH73.031) Four-spotted Tyta luctuosa, ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)


Orton Waterville
Orton Waterville
 Photo © Jonathan Newman
Orton Waterville
 Photo © Jonathan Newman
 Photo © Val Perrin

General Information

This species flies on sunny days and is a very distinctive mainly black moth with four large white spots.

Overwinters as Overwinters as a pupa.
Both sexes come to light.
Flies during the day

Forewing length: 12-13mm.
Foodplant(s): Field Bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis)
Flying: One/two generations, mid May-early July and late July-late August
UK Presence: Resident, Possible Immigrant
National status: Nationally Scarce A


Hot, well-drained grassland, verges, field margins, embankments and waste ground.

Regional Information

Recorded in 15 (5.6%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in August 2020

Recorded date range (Adult): 29 May to 13 August

Nationally Scarce A

Larva Type:
Brown, grey, white
No. of Proleg Pairs: