Geometridae : Ennominae
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Satin Beauty
Deileptenia ribeata
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Alcis repandata
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Willow Beauty
Peribatodes rhomboidaria

([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) 1937 / 70.258

A very common species across our region

A species of woodland, hedgerows, scrub and gardens and parks even in urban areas.

Overwinters as a small larva and adults come readily to light.

Note This is the commonest member of a group that can cause problems. The most obvious feature is the two cross-lines that converge and almost meet on the hind margin of the wing.The outer cross-line is kinked where it meets the costa and is then almost straight up to the rear margin of the wing. Melanics are common. Try and take a photo of the underside of the forewing where there is a pale square patch without darker edging at the tip. Most often confused with Great Oak Beauty.

Recorded in 116 (83%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1869.
Last Recorded in 2020.
(Data up to end 2020)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 17-24mm
Flight: June - October
Foodplant:   Various trees
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
< Waved Umber  |  Bordered Grey >
List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2020)
Date#VC10k Area
21/10/20201VC36 - HerefordshireSO55
20/10/20201VC36 - HerefordshireSO55
04/10/20201VC37 - WorcestershireSO98
03/10/20201VC36 - HerefordshireSO54
28/09/20203VC37 - WorcestershireSO72

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