Pale Oak Beauty - Hypomecis punctinalis

    Description

    Wingspan 46 to 55 mm. Although rather variable in ground colour, this species can be confused with Great Oak Beauty. One of the separating features is that the latter species has a pale spot on a dark background on the tip of the forewing underside.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Favoured habitat is woodland.

    When to see it

    The adults fly between May and July.

    Life History

    Larvae feed on Oak, Birch and other trees.

    UK Status

    Occurring in the south of England and Wales. 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. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded).

    Reference
    70.268 BF1944

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