Lilac Beauty - Apeira syringaria

Description

Wingspan 38-42 mm. A member of the 'Thorn' family, this moth has an unusual aspect when at rest, with the front margins of the wings curiously folded. This, in combination with the colour and pattern, gives a crumpled leaf-like appearance.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

It inhabits woodland and hedgerows.

When to see it

It flies in June and July

Life History

The caterpillar feeds on Honeysuckle and Privet among others

UK Status

Locally distributed in much of England, Wales and Ireland. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as local.

VC55 Status

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

Reference
70.231 BF1910

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