Noctuidae: Xyleninae

2300 (ABH73.107) Old Lady Mormo maura, (Linnaeus, 1758)

KR09490

Great Staughton
Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
 pre-2000
 2000-2009
 2010-2019
 2020-onwards
Great Staughton
Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Great Staughton
Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Cambridge
Cambridge
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Hemingford Grey, 28th August 2013. In house.
Hemingford Grey, 28th August 2013. In house.
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Hemingford Grey, 1st August 2019. In shed.
Hemingford Grey, 1st August 2019. In shed.
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies


General Information

This is an unmistakable, large moth. Although attracted to moth traps, it tends to stay outside the trap.

 

Pupates in loose soil or in a crevice.

Overwinters as Overwinters as a larva.
Both sexes readily come to light, sometimes in numbers.
Often found at rest during day

Forewing length: 30-36mm.
Foodplant(s): Ivy (Hedera helix), hawthorns (Crataegus spp.), birches (Betula spp.), Spindle (Euonymus europaeus), Water Dock (Rumex hydrolapathum), broadleaved shrubs
Flying: One generation, July-September
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Local

Habitat

Riverbanks, marshes, gardens, woodland, scrub and hedgerows.

Regional Information

Recorded in 56 (20.7%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in September 2019

Recorded date range (Adult): 30 June to 09 October


Local
Larva/Leafmine:
Larva Type:
Smooth
Colours:
Brown, grey, yellow, black, orange
No. of Proleg Pairs:
5