Lunar Underwing Omphaloscelis lunosa


Family Noctuidae » Subfamily Xyleninae » Omphaloscelis lunosa (Haworth, 1809) 73.193 (BF2270)
Wingspan 32-38 mm. There is a dark ‘crescent moon’ marking on the pale underwing of this moth which gives it its name. The forewing ground colour is quite variable, ranging from yellowish-orange to dark brown. The paler veins give it a somewhat netted look. The larva feeds on grasses. The adult flies in one generation from mid-August to late October. It regularly comes to light, and is found in grassy areas like parks, gardens and downland. A resident species, it is common and widespread in the south, more localised further north.


Lunar Underwing Omphaloscelis lunosa
Lunar Underwing Omphaloscelis lunosa
Lunar Underwing Omphaloscelis lunosa
Lunar Underwing Omphaloscelis lunosa
Lunar Underwing Omphaloscelis lunosa
Lunar Underwing Omphaloscelis lunosa

Attracted to moth trap light, back garden, South Staffordshire. Autumn 2017. Photos © Peter Hillman.