The Shark (Cucullia umbractica)
…is a species of Noctuid moth that is distributed throughout much of the Palearctic ecozone, occurring in Europe, Russia, Afghanistan, Turkestan, and Mongolia. Sharks are fairly large moths with individuals boasting wingspans of 52-60 mm! Adult sharks will typically fly from June to July and will feed at night on nectar. Shark caterpillars have many recorded food plants, but mainly feed on sow thistles and Lactuca spp.