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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Feb-Apr.

Forewing: 17-27mm.

Foodplant: Broadleaved trees.

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 recorded195519841955
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records9361862244
Number of individuals30867207612
Unique positions1488312
Unique locations1138242
Adult records8881862148
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 2244 records from 242 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1955.


1930 Oak Beauty 07
© Paul Harris
1930 Oak Beauty 06
© Julian Francis
1930 Oak Beauty 05
© Will Bown, March 2017
1930 Oak Beauty 04
© Will Bown
1930 Oak Beauty 03
© Les Hill
1930 Oak Beauty 02
© Phyl England 24 April 2012
1930 Oak Beauty 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A common species in England and Wales, more local elsewhere, the larva feeding on oak (Quercus spp.), elm (Ulmus spp.), hazel (Corylus avellana), aspen (Populus tremula), alder (Alnus spp.) and a variety of other deciduous tree species. In Dorset, the moth is common in mature oak woodland and frequent in deciduous woods generally. The moth is occasionally recorded in open country.

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