Geometridae : Ennominae
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Lunar Thorn
Selenia lunularia
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Purple Thorn
Selenia tetralunaria

(Hufnagel, 1767) 1919 / 70.239

Davey, P., 2009: A frequent species in southern Britain, more local elsewhere, the larva feeding on oak (Quercus spp.), ash (Fraxinus spp.), alder (Alnus spp.), birch (Betula spp.), and a variety of other deciduous tree species. In Dorset, the moth is widespread and at low density, being most frequently encountered in deciduous woods but rare in open, treeless habitat. The peak of the second brood is on average, four times larger than that of the first brood.

Recorded in 37 (93%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1930.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 17-23mm
Flight: April - May and July - August
Foodplant:   Broadleaved trees, Hazel, birches etc
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
03/08/201919SY98 Wareham
28/07/201919SY39 Lyme Regis
27/07/201919SY79 Puddletown
25/07/2019+9SY59 Powerstock / Kingcombe
25/07/201919SY39 Lyme Regis

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