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|Lunar Thorn Selenia lunularia|
Status: Resident or possible migrant.
Distribution and Abundance: Rare.
Primary Habitat: Woodland.
Flight Period: Single brooded in May and June.
Record: 31 May 1982 Ravensthorpe (R. Baylis).
Observations: The species appears to have always been rare in the county with few records over the years. The Ravensthorpe record was of a single moth taken in a garden m.v. light trap and the later mapped records from the 1960s and 1970s are also from gardens and as far as I can tell also of singletons. The latest locality record is pre 1950 from Bedford Purlieus. This is a Peterborough museum record that I have been unable to date more precisely, however the Purlieus were well worked in the 1950s and 1960s without the moth being seen.
L.O.N.: Undated, Castle Ashby.
First Record: C1900, Brown.