Ascotis selenaria, Crete - photo © Paul Hopkins

Ascotis selenaria, Crete - photo © Paul Hopkins

Ascotis selenaria (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)


Ascotis selenaria is a moth of the family Geometridae on the island of Crete, Greece.

Scientific name

Ascotis selenaria (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

Geometra selenaria (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

Ascotis turcaria (Vives, 1994)

Common name

Luna Beauty, Giant Looper


Superfamily: Geometroidea > Family: Geometridae > Subfamily: Ennominae > Tribus: Boarmiini > Genus: Ascotis


40-55 mm


The moth can be found in warm shrubland, fallow land, forest clearings, and slopes with xerophilous vegetation.

Food plant

The larva is polyphagous and feeds on the leaves of a variety of plants, i.e. Leguminosae (Cytisus, Melilotus), Caprifoliaceae (Sambucus nigra), Compositae (Artemisia campestris), etc.

Flight period
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Lepiforum e. V.

Lepidoptera Mundi

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