Geometridae : Larentiinae
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Photo © John Walshe,  Whitchurch, Herefordshire 14/5/22

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July Belle
Scotopteryx luridata
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Lead Belle
Scotopteryx mucronata

(Scopoli, 1763) 1733 / 70.040

An uncommon and declining resident. Local in distribution.

A species of heathland, moorland, calcareous grassland.

Flies during the day but also comes to light.

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

Verification Grade Comment: Genitalia determination preferred

Recorded in 33 (24%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1895.
Last Recorded in 2022.
(Data up to end 2022)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 15-19mm
Flight: May - June
Foodplant:   Gorse, Broom, Petty Whin, Dyer's Greenwood
Red List: Vulnerable (VU)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3/4
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2022)
Date#VC10k Area
16/05/20221VC40 - ShropshireSO39
14/05/20221VC36 - HerefordshireSO51
30/06/20181VC36 - HerefordshireSO34
25/06/20171VC36 - HerefordshireSO34
21/06/20171VC36 - HerefordshireSO73

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