Lunar Underwing - Omphaloscelis lunosa

    Description

    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
    Habitat

    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)

    Reference
    73.193 BF2270

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map