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Peppered Moth
Biston betularia

(Linnaeus, 1758) 1931 / 70.252

A common resident found across the region.

A species of woodland, scrub, parks and gardens.

Overwinters as a pupa, adults come readily to light. There has been a decline in the melanic form carbonaria as the environment has cleaned up.

Recorded in 114 (81%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1853.
Last Recorded in 2020.
(Data up to end 2020)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 22-28mm
Flight: May - August
Foodplant:   many small plants, trees and shrubs
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2020)
Date#VC10k Area
14/10/20201VC37 - WorcestershireSO77 -
23/09/20201VC36 - HerefordshireSO55 -
10/08/20201VC39 - StaffordshireSJ85
08/08/20201VC39 - StaffordshireSJ85
08/08/2020+VC36 - HerefordshireSO75

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