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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Scarce and restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: May-Jul.

Forewing: 21-26mm.

Foodplant: Oak, Birch and other 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 recorded195319861953
Year last recorded201120092011
Number of records7867290
Number of individuals15488484
Unique positions5310126
Unique locations37788
Adult records7465278
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 290 records from 88 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1953.


1944 Pale Oak Beauty 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A local species limited to southern Britain, the larva feeding on oak (Quercus spp.) and occasionally birch (Betula spp.), sallow (Salix spp.) and sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus). In Dorset, the moth is local and tends to be confined to old oak and birch woodland, favouring open, well-lit situations. Whitesheet Plantation is a good locality for the moth; here the habitat is again open but with plantation birch and sallow predominating.

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