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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Jul, possible second in Sep.

Forewing: 19-22mm.

Foodplant: Honeysuckle, Ash and Wild Privet.

IMPORTANT - Please note that the maps and accounts are provisional, subject to change and further update.  The whole dataset still needs to go through the final verification process and it is likely that a very small number of records will not satisfy the present requirements and there are other records that have not been formally submitted.  The information is for guidance only.

Record breakdown:

Year first recorded195419831954
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records47721996
Number of individuals508211058
Unique positions1016214
Unique locations896190
Adult records41920878
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 996 records from 190 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1954.


1910 Lilac Beauty 02
© Tom Morris
1910 Lilac Beauty 01
© Will Bown 28 June 2012

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A locally occurring species in Britain, the larva feeding on honeysuckle (Lonicera spp.), ash (Fraxinus spp.) and wild privet (Ligustrum vulgare). In Dorset, the moth is widely distributed across the county, but at low density and seldom common. The habitats favoured by the moth include honeysuckle-rich woodland on acid soils, woods and scrub on chalky soil where ash and privet grow, and coastal scrub where salt-resistant privet thickets colonise chalky undercliffs. The national norm is a single brood in late June and July, but in Dorset there is a partial bivoltine cycle with second brood examples often appearing towards the end of warmer than average summers.

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