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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, Mar-May.

Forewing: 19-23mm.

Foodplant: Broadleaved trees.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19291883197418832008
Year last recorded20142014201420132008
Number of records1168555492
Number of individuals2119354472
Unique positions392531261
Unique locations412531261
Adult records1118351462
Immature records10110

For the county, we have a total of 307 records from 124 sites. First recorded in 1883.


70.248 Brindled Beauty 03
© Andy Nunn
70.248 Brindled Beauty 02
© Charles Fletcher, 5 May 2008
70.248 Brindled Beauty 01
© Terry Box, 22 Apr 2011

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Previously very rare in Yorkshire (Porritt, 1883-86) and then not recorded for many years (YNU, 1970). This species has undergone a remarkable range extension since 1974, although it has not been recorded from VC65.

Beaumont, 2002: Following a substantial increase in records from the mid 1970s this moth appears to have declined again with relatively few records since 1997.

Argus 56, 2008:
VC65. Hutton Conyers, 5 & 14.5.2008 (CHF). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

Current status (CHF, 2011): A gradual reduction in numbers, though the range in central Yorkshire is unaltered.

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