Geometridae : Ennominae
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Purple Thorn
Selenia tetralunaria

(Hufnagel, 1767) 1919 / 70.239
Photo © Charles Fletcher, 16 May 2001,  SE323733 Hutton Conyers, VC65

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Lunar Thorn
Selenia lunularia
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Yorkshire Status: Uncommon and fairly widespread resident.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: There are odd records in the County going back several years but this species was not definitely admitted to the County list until fairly recently, as it is easily confused with the dark form of S. lunularia (Hubner) which occurs in Yorkshire.

Beaumont, 2002: Now recorded widely and commonly, especially in the south.

2012 (CHF): This species has continued to do well and can now be found in good numbers all across the county.

Recorded in 145 (73%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1940.
Last Recorded in 2023.
Additional Stats

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Forewing: 17-23mm
Flight: April - May and July - August
Foodplant:   Broadleaved trees including Hazel, birches and oaks
Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
24/08/2023162NZ81 - Runswick Bay
19/08/2023162SE88 - Pickering (E)
18/08/2023162NZ71 - Staithes
17/08/2023162NZ61 - Guisborough
17/08/2023362SE47 - Dalton
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