Brindled Beauty - Lycia hirtaria
Distinguished by prominent black cross lines on the wings.
It prefers woodland and suburban habitats, and feeds on a range of deciduous trees.
March and April.
Larva feeds on various broad-leaved trees and shrubs, including Birch, Hawthorn, Alder, Willow, Oak, Elm and Lime, overwintering as a pupa.
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.
Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)
Leicestershire & Rutland Map
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