Geometridae : Larentiinae
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Photo © Dave Grundy,  attracted to moth lights, Black Darren, Black Mountains, Herefordshire, 21/06/11

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Lead Belle
Scotopteryx mucronata
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July Belle
Scotopteryx luridata

(Fabricius, 1775) 1734 / 70.041

A fairly common but local resident.

Found in a range of open habitats including grassland, heathland and moorland.

Flies at dusk but is easily disturbed from its resting place during the day.

Note Very similar to Lead Belle. The small black dot is round and usually nearer the 2nd; in Lead Belle it is tear-shaped and usually mid-way between or nearer to the 3rd line. Lead Belle also flies a little earlier though it overlaps.These characters are variable so genitalia examination is preferred.

Verification Grade Comment: Genitaia determination preferred

Recorded in 48 (34%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1887.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 15-19mm
Flight: July - August
Foodplant:   Gorse, Petty Whin, Dyer's Greenweed
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
08/07/20191VC36 - HerefordshireSO34
28/06/20191VC40 - ShropshireSO38
21/06/20192VC40 - ShropshireSO67
03/08/20181VC40 - ShropshireSO68
22/07/2018+VC36 - HerefordshireSO53

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