Lunar Underwing - Omphaloscelis lunosa
Wingspan 32-38 mm. A variable species, with individuals ranging from yellowish orange to dark brown. The darker forms usually show contrasting pale veins and cross-lines, giving a 'netted' appearance.
Wide range of habitats, including grassland, parks, downland and gardens.
The single generation flies from August to October and regularly visits artificial light.
The larvae overwinter and feed on various grasses.
Relatively common in the southern half of Britain, and more local northwards to central Scotland. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.
Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)
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