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Selenia tetralunaria (Hufnagel, 1767)

Purple Thorn
70.2390 (B&F: 1919)

Synonym(s):
Selenia illustraria (Hübner, [1799])


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

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)

Selenia tetralunaria (Hufnagel, 1767)
Crowborough, 07 iv 2017
Photo: Charles Waters
Selenia tetralunaria (Hufnagel, 1767)
Crowborough, 21 iv 2018
Photo: Bill Welch
Selenia tetralunaria (Hufnagel, 1767)
Crowborough, 20 iv 2018
Photo: Charles Waters
Selenia tetralunaria (Hufnagel, 1767)
Lindfield, 06 v 2018
Photo: Bob Foreman
Selenia tetralunaria (Hufnagel, 1767)
Lindfield, 08 iv 2014
Photo: Bob Foreman
Selenia tetralunaria (Hufnagel, 1767)
Lindfield, 7 iv 2007
Photo: Bob Foreman
Selenia tetralunaria (Hufnagel, 1767)
Warnham LNR, 0
Photo: Sam Bayley

Distribution at 1km scale

Phenology (adult)

Phenology (larval)

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