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Selenia tetralunaria (Hufnagel, 1767)

Purple Thorn
70.2390 (B&F: 1919)

»Suborder: Glossata
 »Superfamily: Geometroidea
  »Family: Geometridae
   »Subfamily: Ennominae
    »Tribe: Ennomini

Synonym(s):

Selenia illustraria (Hübner, [1799])

Status and ecology:

A resident species, the moth usually occurs sparingly at mv light, sometimes fairly commonly in woods but is scarce along treeless parts of the coast. Probably generally distributed but very local in numbers. Double brooded, flying from early April to mid May and again from early July to the third week of August. The larvae feed on (silver) birch, sallow, oak and damson. (Pratt 2011)

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Crowborough, 07 iv 2017 Photo: Charles Waters

Selenia tetralunaria (Hufnagel, 1767)

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