Lunar Marbled Brown - Drymonia ruficornis


Wingspan 35 to 40 mm. Similar to the Marbled Brown (D. dodonea), this species has a black crescent in the white area of the forewing.

Identification difficulty

Inhabiting deciduous woodland where oak is present.

When to see it

It is on the wing in April and May.

Life History

Oak is the foodplant of the caterpillars.

UK Status

Relatively common in the southern half of Britain, uncommon elsewhere. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent but not common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = B (scarce resident or restricted distribution or regular migrant).

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map