Willow Beauty - Peribatodes rhomboidaria


Wingspan 30-38 mm. Typical forms are brownish with darker streaks and markings, but there is also a greyish form,  perfumaria, as well as an almost black melanic variant.

Similar Species

Quite similar to Mottled Beauty.  Guidance on separating these two species can be found by following this LINK

Identification difficulty

Woodland, scrub, hedgerows, parks and gardens.

When to see it

The moths fly in July and August, sometimes again in September in the south.

Life History

The larval foodplants are a number of deciduous trees including Hawthorn and Ivy.

UK Status

Commonly distributed throughout Britain to southern Scotland but more local further north. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)

70.258 BF1937

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map