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Species Omphaloscelis lunosa - Lunar Underwing - Hodges#9956.1

Noctuid - Omphaloscelis lunosa Silky Sallow? - Omphaloscelis lunosa Moth confusion - Omphaloscelis lunosa moth help needed - Omphaloscelis lunosa Variable Sallow? - Omphaloscelis lunosa moth - Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing - Omphaloscelis lunosa Omphaloscelis lunosa
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Noctuoidea (Owlet Moths and kin)
Family Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Subfamily Noctuinae (Cutworm or Dart Moths)
Tribe Xylenini
Subtribe Xylenina
Genus Omphaloscelis
Species lunosa (Lunar Underwing - Hodges#9956.1)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Omphaloscelis lunosa (Haworth, 1809)
Noctua lunosa Haworth, 1809
Orthosia subjecta Duponchel, 1836
Explanation of Names
lunosa and lunar = moon is a reference to the dark, moon-shaped crescent marking on the hind-wings.
wingspan, 32–38mm (1)
western Europe
eastern USA (MD, VA) observations confirmed by Hugh McGuinness
So far, the NA range is thought to be quite restricted, to the vicinity of Reston, VA and Potomac, MD. (2018)
This moth flies at night from August to October (in the British Isles) and is attracted to light and flowers. (1)
The larva feeds on all parts of various grasses, overwintering in this form. (1)
Apparently this well-known European species has recently been recorded in the eastern USA. (2018) See the Maryland Biodiverity Project website here.
Now recognized within the North American fauna, ZooKeys, 788: 249. (2)
See Also
Variable Sallow Moth, Sericaglaea signata