Noctuidae: Hadeninae

09490 Old Lady Mormo maura, (Linnaeus, 1758)

BF2300 (ABH73.107)


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:


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

Regional Information

There are no records in the system yet in Bulgaria.

Larva Type:
Brown, grey, yellow, black, orange
No. of Proleg Pairs: