Small Brindled Beauty - Apocheima hispidaria

    Description

    Wingspan 28 to 35 mm. The males of this species are quite variable, with some individuals having a darker central band, others more uniformly coloured. The females are wingless and generally brownish in colour.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Well wooded areas especially those containing the foodplants.

    When to see it

    An early spring species, the adults are out in February and March, when the males come to light, and the females may be found on the trunks of trees.

    Life History

    The main foodplant is Oak occasionally other trees such as Hazel and Elm.

    UK Status

    Reasonably common in southern England and Wales, it can be found locally as far north as Yorkshire. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as local.

    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
    70.246 BF1925

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map