Noctuidae : Xyleninae
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Beaded Chestnut
Agrochola lychnidis
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Lunar Underwing
Anchoscelis lunosa

(Haworth, 1809) 2270 / 73.193
=Omphaloscelis lunosa

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 110 (79%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1857.
Last Recorded in 2022.
(Data up to end 2022)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 14-17mm
Flight: August - October
Foodplant:   Grasses
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2022)
Date#VC10k Area
11/11/20222VC37 - WorcestershireSO74
29/10/20221VC36 - HerefordshireSO33
29/10/20221VC37 - WorcestershireSO75
29/10/20221VC37 - WorcestershireSO74
28/10/20221VC36 - HerefordshireSO55

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