Noctuidae : Xyleninae
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Lunar Underwing
Omphaloscelis lunosa

(Haworth, 1809) 2270 / 73.193

A very common resident.

Found in damp grassland, parkland, woodland and gardens.

Overwinters as a small larva. The adults come readily to light, sometimes in large numbers.

Note This is a very variable species and can be confused with Beaded Chestnut but in that species the orbicular and kidney marks are rather elongate or "squashed". If in doubt check for a dark fuzzy crescent moon on the upperside of the hindwing.

Recorded in 103 (74%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1857.
Last Recorded in 2020.
(Data up to end 2020)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 14-17mm
Flight: August - October
Foodplant:   Grasses
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2020)
Date#VC10k Area
08/11/20201VC37 - WorcestershireSO66
01/11/20201VC36 - HerefordshireSO55
30/10/20202VC36 - HerefordshireSO55
27/10/20201VC39 - StaffordshireSJ82
26/10/20201VC39 - StaffordshireSJ82

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