Molecular Biology and Genetics
Barcode data: Selenia tetralunaria
Below is a sequence of the barcode region Cytochrome oxidase subunit 1 (COI or COX1) from a member of the species.
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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Selenia tetralunaria
Public Records: 7
Specimens with Barcodes: 31
Species With Barcodes: 1
This species is dark purplish-brown, paler towards the termen, with a dark spot at the apex of the forewing. Both wings are marked with a comma-shaped white mark. The margins of the wings are angular, giving the species a distinctive shape. Two broods are produced each year and they differ considerably in size and colour. Adults of the spring brood, which fly in April and May, have a wingspan of 46–52 mm. Moths of the summer brood, flying in July and August, are smaller (wingspan 44–46 mm) and darker. The species flies at night and is attracted to light.
Recorded food plants
- Alnus – Alder
- Betula – Birch
- Fraxinus – European Ash
- Malus – Apple
- Populus – Black Poplar
- Pyrus – Pear
- Quercus – Oak
- Rosa – Rose
- Chinery, Michael, 1986 (Reprinted 1991). Collins Guide to the Insects of Britain and Western Europe.
- Skinner, Bernard, 1984. Colour Identification Guide to Moths of the British Isles.
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