Geometridae : Ennominae
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Oak Beauty
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Peppered Moth
Biston betularia

(Linnaeus, 1758) 1931 / 70.252

Morley's Final Catalogue: Common everywhere, from Bentley Woods to Gorleston.- The melanic form, Doubledayaria, used to be rare and was found at Ipswich in 1895 (Mly) and 1898 (Platten), but is rapidly spreading to our rural districts (cf. Trans. i, 97; ii, 275, 292); Gorleston.

Recent Suffolk Status: Very common. Both f. insularia and f. carbonaria are still recorded in the county but are not common.

Life history: Single-brooded in one long extended generation. Larvae recorded fairly frequently in the county on a wide variety of trees and shrubs.

Identification: Oak beauty has the brown bands across the wing and flies much earlier in the year.

Habitat: A wide variety of habitats including gardens.

Recorded in 56 (97%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1895.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
28/08/2023125TM14 - Ipswich
24/08/2023125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
16/08/2023125TM13 - Brantham/Holbrook
11/08/2023225TM46 - Minsmere/Leiston
11/08/2023125TM47 - Blythburgh/Dunwich
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Forewing: 22-28mm.
Flight: One generation May-Aug.
Foodplant:   many small plants, trees and shrubs
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
 Immature Adult
Underlying maps using Digital Map Data © Norfolk Online Lepidoptera Archive - NOLA™ - Suffolk 2024. © James Wheeler - Norfolk Moths 2007 - 2024. Data © NOLA™ - Suffolk 2024
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