The Moths of Suffolk
1918 Lunar Thorn, Selenia lunularia, (Hübner, 1788)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Scarce

Habitats : Open woodland and scrub

Flight Period : Single-brooded; literature gives May to June, occasional second brood; July to August

Larval foodplants : Ash, Blackthorn, Dog-rose, birches, elms, oaks and other broad-leaved trees and shrubs

Records : Minsmere (C Anderson, 1994 & 1995), Darsham (A Prichard & G Bull, 26.v.1997), Groton Wood (J Heath, 29.v.1976; A Watchman, 17.v.1980), Tunstall (P Wilkins, 14.vii.2003)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Less common than the last, but not rare. Bentley Woods (Ml, Hkg); Playford and Brandeston (Gr); Waldringfield in 1899 and Hemley in 1901 (Wlr); rarely at Monks Soham light In June (Mly); Stowmarket (C); Bury (Skepper, Norgate); Brandon. Bungay.

Wingspan details : Forewing 16-22mm, Wingspan 39-44mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultPurple Thorn, Selenia tetralunaria

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Kent (vi.2003) © M Deans

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Monmouthshire (5.vi.2004) © L Gregory
Kent (vi.2005) © S Read
Ross-shire (29.v.2008) © Lee Gregory
 
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First site record. - Bawdsey, Suffolk (7.viii.2009) © Matthew Deans
First site record. - Bawdsey, Suffolk (7.viii.2009) © Matthew Deans
Madjarovo, Bulgaria (17.vi.2015) © Neil Sherman