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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Very common and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Jul.

Forewing: 19-26mm

Foodplant: Woody plants

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19291904184619401976
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records2534177011342201304
Number of individuals4944443119285895858
Unique positions16719623525948
Unique locations15818223125444
Adult records2497173210412131297
Immature records43112

For the county, we have a total of 7943 records from 869 sites. First recorded in 1846.


70.265 Mottled Beauty 04
© Nick Lawman
70.265 Mottled Beauty 03
© Paul Holmes, June 2010
70.265 Mottled Beauty 02
© Paul Kipling, 19 Jun 2011
70.265 Mottled Beauty 01
© Ian Andrews

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Recorded commonly from vice-counties 62 to 64, being most common near wooded areas. Also very widespread, but in smaller numbers, in VC61 and VC65. This is another species where melanic forms are common in conurbated areas.

2012 (CHF): Widespread and common all across the county especially in woodland.

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