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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Very rare resident.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, May-Jun.

Forewing: 15-19mm.

Foodplant: Gorse, Broom, Petty Whin, Dyer's Greenwood.

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 recorded19981998
Year last recorded20102010
Number of records1224
Number of individuals57114
Unique positions918
Unique locations48
Adult records1020
Immature records00

For the region, we have a total of 24 records from 8 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1998.


1733 Lead Belle 01
© Terry Box, 03 Jun 2006

Species Account

Similar species: 1734 July Belle.

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A local species found in heathland and moorland regions of western Britain, the larva feeds on gorse (Ulex europaeus) and broom (Cytisus spp.). In Dorset, the moth was discovered by T Box in 2006 atop Black Down colonising gorse growing on the acid gravel soils around Hardy's Monument. This remains the only site where the species has been found in the county.

This species is very similar to July Belle1734. Diagnostics include a 'pipped' discal spot; a discal spot off-centred closer to the outer border of the central median band; rather irregular median band borders.


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