Lilac Beauty - Apeira syringaria
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.
It inhabits woodland and hedgerows.
It flies in June and July
The caterpillar feeds on Honeysuckle and Privet among others
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.
Fairly frequent but not common in Leicestershire & Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = B (scarce resident or restricted distribution or regular migrant)
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