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Old Lady
Mormo maura

(Linnaeus, 1758) 2300 / 73.107

General comments:
Widespread and common.

Adult Old Lady moths are rather feebly attracted to light, but are also well-known for their habit of aestivation: they are easily found at rest during the day in sheds, cellars and very often inside houses. Frequently, several adults will roost together. Larvae are most easily found by beating blackthorn, hawthorn and other bushes in hedges where these are also covered in ivy. Perhaps the ivy creates a suitable microclimate, or perhaps this is the natural roosting habitat of adults?

Recorded in 35 (85%) of 41 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1887.
Last Recorded in 2024.
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
18/02/2024120TL30 - Hoddesdon / Cheshunt
16/09/2023120TL11 - Harpenden / Wheathampstead
15/09/2023120TL41 - Sawbridgeworth / Bishop's Stortford
14/09/2023120SP90 - Berkhamsted
11/09/2023120TL42 - Bishop's Stortford (N)
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VC20 VC21 VC21 VC20
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Forewing: 30-36mm.
Flight: One generation July-Sept.
Foodplant:   Herbaceous and woody plants
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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