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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Scarce and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Aug.

Forewing: 18-26mm

Foodplant: Scots Pine, Norway Spruce, Larch, Douglas Fir

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19801964198619852002
Year last recorded20142014201220142013
Number of records2317596513
Number of individuals132511110328
Unique positions16397225
Unique locations14377195
Adult records2217186413
Immature records01110

For the county, we have a total of 285 records from 82 sites. First recorded in 1964.


70.264 Satin Beauty 01
© Charles Fletcher, 22 Jul 2009

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: This species is easily confused with A. repandata (Linnaeus) and P. rhomboidaria (Denis & Schiffermuller). Its presence was not noticed in Yorkshire until some worn male specimens were recognised by S.M. Jackson by the form of their pectinate antennae at a trap run by W. Jagger near Pickering in 1974. It is now known to be quite widespread in north-east Yorkshire with occasional records from other parts of the County.

Argus 47, 2001-04:
VC65. Foxglove Covert, 19.7.2002 (CHF). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

2012 (CHF): Still local in coniferous woodland but uncommon in the south and east of the county. Often fairly dark and obscurely marked and the male antennae are more feathery than other similar moths.

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