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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Common and widespread

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jan-Mar.

Forewing: 19-24mm.

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 recorded195619851956
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records278124804
Number of individuals7273332120
Unique positions607134
Unique locations557124
Adult records265124778
Immature records102

For the region, we have a total of 804 records from 124 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1956.


1926 Pale Brindled Beauty 04
© Gillian Nash, February 2017
1926 Pale Brindled Beauty 03
© Les Hill
1926 Pale Brindled Beauty 02
© Mike Hetherington, 15 Feb 2013
1926 Pale Brindled Beauty 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A frequent species in England and Wales, but more local elsewhere, the larva feeding on a various deciduous trees and shrubs. The female is wingless. In Dorset, the moth is widespread and usually common, particularly so in deciduous woodland, but it is seldom found in open country.

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