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.

Identification difficulty

Wide range of habitats, including grassland, parks, downland and gardens.

When to see it

The single generation flies from August to October and regularly visits artificial light.

Life History

The larvae overwinter and feed on various grasses.

UK Status

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.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)

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

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