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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, Mar-May.

Forewing: 19-23mm.

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 recorded1956200719841956
Year last recorded2011201020112011
Number of records4412991084
Number of individuals103923962874
Unique positions10327224
Unique locations8227182
Adult records4212981042
Immature records1014

For the region, we have a total of 1084 records from 182 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1956.


Brindled Beauty 7
© Julian Francis
1927 Brindled Beauty 06
© Julian Francis
1927 Brindled Beauty 05
© Julian Francis
1927 Brindled Beauty 04
© Will Bown
1927 Brindled Beauty 03
© Will Bown
1927 Brindled Beauty 02
© Tom Morris
1927 Brindled Beauty 01
© Terry Box, 28 Apr 2006

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A species occurring throughout England and Wales, but more local elsewhere, the larva feeding on a variety of deciduous tree and shrub species. In Dorset, the moth is widespread but rarely common. There is no indication of any favoured habitat from the records available. The larva has been found feeding on sallow (Salix spp.) in Hurn Forest.

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