Oak Beauty - Biston strataria

Description

Wingspan 40-50 mm. A large-bodied, attractive species with alternate bands of chestnut and white, speckled with black.

Habitat

Frequents deciduous woodland and suburban habitats.

When to see it

It flies in March and April.

Life History

The caterpillars feed on a number of deciduous trees; the species is not restricted to Oak.

UK Status

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.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent but not common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = B (scarce resident or restricted distribution or regular migrant).

Reference
70.251 BF1930

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map