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70.238 (BF1918)

Lunar Thorn   

Selenia lunularia
Adult: 2
Resident, suspected immigrant, scarce, widespread. Largely a moth of northern and western Britain, widespread in Scotland.


The lack of a dark central spot on the upperwing close to the outer edge is diagnostic.

Recording method

Comes to light.

Life cycle

One generation. Overwinters as a pupa. Larvae are present late June to late August.

Larval foodplants

Ash, birches, Blackthorn, dog-rose, elms and oaks to name a few.


Open woodland and scrub.


First recorded for Dumfries and Galloway in 1870 for VC73 in Colvend parish by White, in 1898 for VC74 at Corsemalzie by Gordon who found it ‘not uncommon at light’ but not until 1951 for VC72 at Tynron by Duncan.

473 record(s) from 47 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2022 2022 2022
70.238 Lunar Thorn
70.238 Lunar Thorn
70.238 Lunar Thorn
70.238 Lunar Thorn
70.238 Lunar Thorn70.238 Lunar Thorn70.238 Lunar Thorn70.238 Lunar Thorn

 UK Moths website - further information on species (with photos)

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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