Drymonia ruficornis

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Lunar marbled brown
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Notodontidae
Genus: Drymonia
Species: D. ruficornis
Binomial name
Drymonia ruficornis
(Hufnagel, 1766)

Drymonia ruficornis, the lunar marbled brown, is a moth of the family Notodontidae. It is found in Central and Southern Europe and Anatolia.


The wingspan is 35–40 mm. The fore wings are dark fuscous, almost blackish, with a short white line near the base; the central third is white clouded with the ground colour and limited by white edged black wavy lines. There is a black crescent just above the centre of the wing. Hind wings smoky grey with a pale curved line.Drymonia dodonaea is very similar.

The moth flies from April to June depending on the location.

The larvae feed on oak.[1]


Further reading[edit]

  • South R. (1907) The Moths of the British Isles, (First Series), Frederick Warne & Co. Ltd., London & NY: 359 pp. online (as chaonia (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775))

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