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65.010 (BF1654)

Figure of Eighty   

Tethea ocularis
Adult: 2
Resident or possible immigrant? Rare.


The ’80’ mark, which is finely etched, in the centre of the forewing is diagnostic.

Life cycle

One generation. Overwinters as a pupa, in a cocoon within leaves of the foodplant. Larvae are present mid-July to September, feeding at night and resting by day between spun leaves.

Larval foodplants

Aspen and poplars.


A wide range of habitats.

History 1860-2010

One was trapped on 10th July 1998 at Abbey Burn Foot (VC73) by Colin Plant (The Entomologists Record and Journal of Variation. 111: 39-41) while carrying out survey work in the area.

Waring, Townsend & Lewington (2003) however, make no mention of it occurring in Scotland.

8 record(s) from 5 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2022 2022

 UK Moths website - further information on species (with photos)

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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