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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Aug.

Forewing: 18-26mm

Foodplant: Scots Pine, Norway Spruce, Larch, Douglas Fir

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 recorded1970200719871970
Year last recorded2011200719872011
Number of records14111286
Number of individuals325121676
Unique positions7611156
Unique locations5411112
Adult records12511254
Immature records0000

For the region, we have a total of 286 records from 112 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1970.


1940 Satin Beauty 03 larva
© Jenny Seawright
1940 Satin Beauty 02
© Les Hill
1940 Satin Beauty 01
© Vince Giavarini

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A locally frequent species in England, Wales and southern Scotland but scarce elsewhere, the larva feeding on yew (Taxus baccata), norway spruce (Picea abies), douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii), pine (Pinus spp.), oak (Quercus spp.) and birch (Betula spp.). In Dorset, the moth is common very locally in mixed woodland containing norway spruce or douglas fir. The moth has been noted in very small numbers in 'pure' oak woodland where there is negligible conifer, such as Yellowham Wood, Piddles Wood and Holt Forest. The following light trap records refer to singletons trapped well away from woodland habitat, suggesting occasional medium-range dispersal: Walditch, on 12 July 2002 (M Parsons), West Bexington, on 6 August 1997 (R Eden), Shapwick, on 27 July 2002 (P Davey), Durlston, on 29 July 2004 (C Manley).

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