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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Scarce and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Jul.

Forewing: 19-22mm.

Foodplant: Honeysuckle, Ash and Wild Privet.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18831975188318831883
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records716635847
Number of individuals535824796
Unique positions192824436
Unique locations222924426
Adult records666632757
Immature records00020

For the county, we have a total of 263 records from 123 sites. First recorded in 1883.


70.231 Lilac Beauty 04
© Dave Shenton
70.231 Lilac Beauty 03
© Damian Money
70.231 Lilac Beauty 02
© Graham Feathestone
70.231 Lilac Beauty 01
© Charles Fletcher, 27 Jun 2001

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Very local, but much more widespread than formerly. Many records are from the Ripon and Harrogate area.

2012 (CHF): Local in broad-leaved woodland in the centre and east of the county. This moth occasionally produces a small second generation. A slight reduction in records but no change in range.

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