The Moths of Suffolk
2456 Lunar Double-stripe, Minucia lunaris, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Immigrant; transitory resident

Local Status : Rare immigrant (SMP Status 4)

Habitats : Open woodland with young oak coppice

Flight Period : Single-brooded; mid-May to June

Larval foodplants : Pedunculate Oak, on young shoots of coppice regrowth

Records : No recent records

Comments : The Lowestoft record was the first record of this species in Britain.

Morley's Final Catalogue : An immigrant species from central Europe and the Mediterranean to south Ireland, Hants and Norfolk. - Termed 'very rare' by Bloomfield; but our sole specimen is the female, still preserved in John Curtis' collection at Melbourne Museum, that flew to the Lowestoft lighthouse on the stormy night of 21 June 1832 with the wind south by west, and is Captain Chawner's second great Suffolk record (Entom. 1872, 147; EMM. 1904, 193; cf. Curtis, Farm Ins. 40).

Wingspan details : Forewing 23-26mm, Wingspan 50-60mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultDouble Line, Mythimna turca

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Caught by K. Redshaw - New Romney, Kent (11.v.2007) © Matthew Deans

Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Specimen from the collection of Colin W. Plant - Bulgaria (2006) © Lee Gregory
Caught by K. Redshaw - New Romney, Kent (11.v.2007) © Matthew Deans