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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Local

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Feb-Mar.

Forewing: 15-17mm.

Foodplant: Pedunculate Oak and Sessile Oak.

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 recorded195519961955
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records7829214
Number of individuals29833662
Unique positions34272
Unique locations30366
Adult records7529208
Immature records102

For the region, we have a total of 214 records from 66 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1955.


1925 Small Brindled Beauty 02
© Gillian Nash, 21 February 2017
1925 Small Brindled Beauty 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A species confined to England, the larva feeding on oak (Quercus spp.), and, occasionally on elm (Ulmus spp.), hazel (Corylus avellana) and sweet chestnut (Castanea sativa). The female is wingless. In Dorset the moth is local and colonises old oak woodland; mature oaks in parkland provide additional habitat.

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