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Lunar Double-stripe
Minucia lunaris ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)
Erebidae: Erebinae
2456 / 72.086
Photo © Dave Grundy,  Andalucia, Spain 4.4.18

Similar Suffolk Species: None
Forewing: 23-26mm.
Flight: One generation May-June.
Foodplant:   Pedunculate Oak.
Nat Status: Immigrant
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3

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).

Recent status: After a gap of 187 years, a single recent record of this enigmatic species, recorded at light at Walton, Felixstowe, on 9 June 2019 (M. James).

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 2 (3%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1832.
Last Recorded in 2019.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
09/06/2019125TM23 - Felixstowe/Landguard Point
21/06/1832125TM59 - Lowestoft
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