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Lunar Double-stripe
Minucia lunaris

([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) 2456 / 72.086

Morley's Final Catalogue: An immigrant species from central Europe and the Mediterranean to south Ireland, Hants and Norfolk. Termed 'very rare' by Bloomfield; but our sole specimen is the female, still preserved in John Curtis' collection at Melbourne Museum, that flew to the Lowestoft lighthouse on the stormy night of 21 June 1832 with the wind south by west, and is Captain Chawner's second great Suffolk record (Entom. 1872, 147; EMM. 1904, 193; cf. Curtis, Farm Ins. 40).

Recent Suffolk status: After a gap of 187 years it was noted at Walton, Felixstowe, on 09.06.2019 (M. James). Seen again on 09.06.2021 at Rushmere St Andrew (J. Higgott) and finally on 17.05.2022 at Landguard (N. Odin).

Life history: Single-brooded in early summer on the continent.

Identification: Unmistakeable.

Habitat: Open Oak woodland on the continent.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 3 (5%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1832.
Last Recorded in 2022.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
17/05/2022125TM23 - Felixstowe/Landguard Point
09/06/2021125TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
09/06/2019125TM23 - Felixstowe/Landguard Point
21/06/1832125TM59 - Lowestoft
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Forewing: 23-26mm.
Flight: One generation May-June.
Foodplant:   Pedunculate Oak
Red List: Regionally Extinct (RE)
GB Status: Extinct / Immigrant
Former Status: Immigrant
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
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