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Old Lady
Mormo maura

(Linnaeus, 1758) 2300 / 73.107

Davey, P., 2009: A local species in England and Wales, rare in Scotland, the larva is polyphagous. In Dorset, this large moth is local and probably under-recorded due to the moth's reluctance to visit light traps although actinic traps are apparently more successful, and, like the preceding species, sugar bait attracts well. "In my experience, very local and with a marked preference for the neighbourhood of water." (W Parkinson Curtis ms). There are several records of the species found by day... Read More

Recorded in 33 (83%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1940.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 30-36mm.
Flight: One generation July - Sept.
Foodplant:   Herbaceous and woody plants
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Local
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
04/10/201919SY98 Wareham
21/09/201919SU00 Wimborne
17/09/201919SY98 Wareham
12/09/201919SZ09 Poole
12/09/201919SZ09 Poole

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