Satin Beauty - Deileptenia ribeata

Description

Wingspan 30 to 40 mm. Distinguished from similar species by the broad rounded forewing, it is a species where expert help with identification is recommended.

Habitat

Occupying deciduous and coniferous woodland.

When to see it

The adults fly in a single generation from June to August, and can be attracted to light.

Life History

The dark brownish caterpillars feed on a variety of coniferous trees, including Yew and Spruce.

UK Status

This species is distributed mainly in the southern half of England and Wales, with a few scattered colonies northwards to Scotland. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

It appears to be uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland, where there are few records, but this may be partly due to the difficulty of identification. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded)

Reference
70.264 BF1940

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map