Willow Beauty - Peribatodes rhomboidaria

    Description

    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
    Habitat

    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)

    Reference
    70.258 BF1937

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map