Brindled Beauty - Lycia hirtaria


Distinguished by prominent black cross lines on the wings.

Identification difficulty

It prefers woodland and suburban habitats, and feeds on a range of deciduous trees.

When to see it

March and April.

Life History

Larva feeds on various broad-leaved trees and shrubs, including Birch, Hawthorn, Alder, Willow, Oak, Elm and Lime, overwintering as a pupa.

UK Status

Occurring throughout a large part of Britain, this species is commonest in the south, especially the Home Counties. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map