Oak Beauty - Biston strataria
Wingspan 40-50 mm. A large-bodied, attractive species with alternate bands of chestnut and white, speckled with black.
Frequents deciduous woodland and suburban habitats.
It flies in March and April.
The caterpillars feed on a number of deciduous trees; the species is not restricted to Oak.
Reasonably common in England and Wales, scarcer in Scotland and Ireland. Lycia hirtaria. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.
Fairly frequent but not common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = B (scarce resident or restricted distribution or regular migrant).
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