Figure of Eighty
Animals, Moths

Scientific name: Tethea ocularis

Late May to July. Common in most of England and parts of Wales. The white edged ‘80’ on the forewings give this moth its common name.

A brown moth with fine dark cross-lines on the forewings curving around the 80 mark. The forewings are broader then the Figure of Eight moth. The adults fly at night and are attracted to light.

The caterpillars can be found from mid-July to September feeding at night and resting between two leaves spun flat together during the day. They overwinter as pupae in a delicate cocoon between leaves of the foodplant which fall to the ground with the leaves in autumn.

Location:
England and Wales
Specific name:
Tethea ocularis
Habitat:
Found in a variety of habitats including broadleaved woodland, carr, river valleys, hedgerows, plantations, parks and gardens
Height:
Wingspan Range – 32-40mm
Weight:
Medium Sized
Population:
Well distributed throughout most of England and Wales

Size and Family

  • Family – Thyatridae
  • Medium Sized
  • Wingspan Range – 32-40mm

Conservation status

  • UK BAP: Not listed
  • Common

Caterpillar Food Plants

Aspen (Populus tremula) and other poplars

Habitat

Found in a variety of habitats including broadleaved woodland, carr, river valleys, hedgerows, plantations, parks and gardens.

Distribution

  • Countries – England and Wales
  • Resident and possible immigrant. Well distributed throughout most of England and Wales, north to Cumbria and Yorkshire. Thinly distributed in western Wales and Cornwall. Occasional in the Channel Islands.