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Lead Belle
Scotopteryx mucronata (Scopoli, 1763)
Geometridae: Larentiinae
1733 / 70.040
Photo © Dave Emley

Similar West Midlands Species
July Belle
Scotopteryx luridata
Forewing: 15-19mm
Flight: May - June
Foodplant:   Gorse, Broom, Petty Whin, Dyer's Greenwood.
Nat Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3/4

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 2018.
(Data up to end 2019)

Latest 5 Records (Data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
30/06/2018136SO34 - Moccas & Eardisley
25/06/2017136SO34 - Moccas & Eardisley
21/06/2017136SO73 - Ledbury & Eastnor
10/06/2014136SO34 - Moccas & Eardisley
27/05/2014239SK05 - Coombes Valley/Manifold
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