The Moths of Suffolk
2270 Lunar Underwing, Omphaloscelis lunosa, (Haworth, 1809)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and very common

Habitats : Grassland, heathland, other grassy areas and gardens

Flight Period : Single-brooded; September to October

Larval foodplants : Various grasses

Morley's Final Catalogue : Ipswich, Needham, Leiston and Beccles: ante 1890. Now common, at least locally, at Bentley and Copdock (Hkg); Waldringfield (Wlr) ; at light in Ipswich (Mly, Platten) and Bungay (Mn); Beccles, Fritton, Burgh Castle and Gorleston (D, Mr). Abundant at ivy round Southwold in Sept. 1935.

Wingspan details : Forewing 14-17mm, Wingspan 32-38mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultBeaded Chestnut, Agrochola lychnidis

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Ipswich, Suffolk (ix.2004) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Eye (17.ix.2000) © Paul Kitchener
Ipswich, Suffolk (ix.2004) © N Sherman
Dark form - Ipswich, Suffolk (ix.2004) © N Sherman
 
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Found at night on acid grassland - Minsmere, Suffolk (iv.2004) © N Sherman
Thetford (30.ix.2002) © L Gregory
Ipswich, Suffolk (ix.2008) © Neil Sherman
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (22.ix.2009) © Neil Sherman
Dunwich, Suffolk (24.ix.2014) © Paul Kitchener
Dunwich, Suffolk (24.ix.2014) © Paul Kitchener
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (25.ix.2014) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (27.ix.2016) © Paul Kitchener
Ipswich, Suffolk (27.ix.2016) © Paul Kitchener
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (15.ix.2018) © Paul Kitchener
Ipswich, Suffolk (19.ix.2018) © Paul Kitchener
Ipswich, Suffolk (22.ix.2018) © Paul Kitchener
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (1.x.2017) © Paul Kitchener