Geometridae : Ennominae
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Lunar Thorn
Selenia lunularia
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Purple Thorn
Selenia tetralunaria

(Hufnagel, 1767) 1919 / 70.239

A common resident across the region.

A species of woodland and scrub and commonly in rural and suburban gardens.

Overwinters as a pupa, adults are attracted to light.

Note Compared to the much rarer Lunar Thorn it has a not so deeply scalloped hindwing and there is a dark mark on the outer side of the upper hindwing.

Recorded in 99 (71%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1887.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 17-23mm
Flight: April - May and July - August
Foodplant:   Broadleaved trees, Hazel, birches etc
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
11/08/20191VC36 - HerefordshireSO34
05/08/20191VC39 - StaffordshireSK04
01/08/20191VC37 - WorcestershireSO97
01/08/20195VC37 - WorcestershireSO77
01/08/20191VC36 - HerefordshireSO75

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