Lunar Underwing Omphaloscelis lunosa Haworth, 1809 Non-native  Synonyms: Hodges #9956.1, Noctua lunosa, Orthosia subjecta.

Status:

New arrival to the eastern U.S. First report for U.S. collected in Potomac, Maryland in October 2015 (T. Mustelin). Later review turned up earlier U.S. records from Reston, Virginia, going back to October 2013 (BugGuide), indicating an earlier introduction to the United States. Native range is scattered across western Europe. Thanks to Tomas Mustelin, Hugh McGuinness, Tim Reichard, Bob Biagi, and Steve Nanz for their review of East Coast records.

Description:

Compare very similar Variable Sallow.

Where to find:

Larvae apparently use various grasses and overwinter in that form (BugGuide).

There are 4 records in the project database.

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A Lunar Underwing collected in Montgomery Co., Maryland (10/7/2015). First U.S. report of this European species, a fresh female collected at a blacklight in Potomac, Maryland by Tomas Mustelin. Photo by Tomas Mustelin. (MBP list)

A Lunar Underwing in Montgomery Co., Maryland (10/16/2017). Determined by Tim Reichard, Hugh McGuinness, and Bob Biagi via BugGuide. Photo by Max Wilson. (MBP list)

A Lunar Underwing in Montgomery Co., Maryland (10/16/2017). Determined by Bob Biagi and Hugh McGuinness via BugGuide. Photo by Max Wilson. (MBP list)

A Lunar Underwing in Howard Co., Maryland (10/5/2014). Determined by Kyhl Austin/BugGuide. Photo by Nancy Magnusson. (MBP list)

A Lunar Underwing in Howard Co., Maryland (10/5/2014). Determined by Kyhl Austin/BugGuide. Photo by Nancy Magnusson. (MBP list)


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