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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Fairly common and thinly distributed resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Apr-May.

Forewing: 16-20mm.

Foodplant: Pedunculate Oak and Sessile Oak.

IMPORTANT - Please note that the maps and accounts are provisional, subject to change and further update.  The whole dataset still needs to go through the final verification process and it is likely that a very small number of records will not satisfy the present requirements and there are other records that have not been formally submitted.  The information is for guidance only.

Record breakdown:

Year first recorded1956200719841956
Year last recorded2011200720112011
Number of records6061871388
Number of individuals157171713498
Unique positions15318324
Unique locations12418266
Adult records5851851342
Immature records0000

For the region, we have a total of 1388 records from 266 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1956.


2015 Lunar Marbled Brown 05
© Gillian Nash, Apr 2015
2015 Lunar Marbled Brown 04
© Dave Foot
2015 Lunar Marbled Brown 03
© Tom Morris
2015 Lunar Marbled Brown 02
© Terry Box, 05 May 2006
2015 Lunar Marbled Brown 01
© Terry Box, 14 May 2004

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in southern England and Wales, but more local further north, the larva feeding on oak (Quercus spp.). In Dorset, the Lunar Marbled Brown shares the same habitat type, distribution and density as that of the Marbled Brown2014.

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