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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Very common and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jul-Aug

Forewing: 12-14mm.

Foodplant: Lichens.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18831883188318831883
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records3205127743562613314
Number of individuals81562791122418331578
Unique positions1019816419834
Unique locations1089616720333
Adult records3175125542842506310
Immature records03100

For the county, we have a total of 11765 records from 607 sites. First recorded in 1883.


73.084 Marbled Beauty 10
© Terry Box, 10 Aug 2020
73.084 Marbled Beauty 09
© Terry Box
73.084 Marbled Beauty 07
© Colin Duke (C) All Rights Reserved 2019
73.084 Marbled Beauty 08
© Colin Duke (C) All Rights Reserved 2019
73.084 Marbled Beauty 06 larva
© Andy Nunn
73.084 Marbled Beauty 05
© Andy Nunn
73.084 Marbled Beauty 04
© Lee Wiseman
73.084 Marbled Beauty 03 larvae
© Graham Feathestone
73.084 Marbled Beauty 02
© Paul Kipling, 30 Jul 2010
73.084 Marbled Beauty 01
© Alan Miller

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: This is a species associated with buildings and stone walls, the larvae feeding on the lichens which favour this habitat. However records suggest it is locally common in rural areas where most lichens would be expected and most frequent or even abundant in many heavily industrialised urban areas. Because of this apparent anomaly Garland (1979) suggests there may be an alternative foodplant in Sheffield.

2012 (CHF): Common and widespread across the whole county but particularly in urban areas. Much less common in open areas or woodland. Numbers and distribution are stable.

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