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Pale Oak Beauty
Hypomecis punctinalis (Scopoli, 1763)
Geometridae: Ennominae
1944 / 70.268
Photo © Dave Wilton

Similar West Midlands Species
Willow Beauty
Peribatodes rhomboidaria
Forewing: 22-26mm
Flight: May - July
Foodplant:   Pedunculate Oak, birches, Hazel, Hawthorn and sallows.
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3

A rare and local resident.

Found mainly in broadleaved woodland and long-established scrub.

Overwinters as a pupa and adults come readily to light.

Note Plainer than similar species and has a dark central spot on the hindwing which has a pale centre

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 8 (6%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1886.
Last Recorded in 2015.
(Data up to end 2022)

Latest 5 Records (Data up to end 2022)
Date#VC10k Area
05/07/2015136SO51 - Doward & Goodrich
06/06/2014+36SO65 - Bromyard & Brockhampton Estate
22/06/2009139SK12 - Needwood Forest
12/06/2009137SO86 - Droitwich Spa
1997139SK00 - Brownhills/Chasewater
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