Geometridae: Ennominae

07674 Brindled Beauty Lycia hirtaria, (Clerck, 1759)

BF1927 (ABH70.248)

Christophstal, April 2015
Christophstal, April 2015
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Christophstal, April 2015
 Photo © Peter Bissell

General Information

Pupates in loose soil.

Overwinters as a pupa.
Male readily comes to light, sometimes in numbers. Female not.
Often found at rest during day

Forewing length: 19-23mm.
Foodplant(s): Downy Birch (Betula pubescens), Silver Birch (Betula pendula), hawthorns (Crataegus spp.), lime (Tilia spp.), elms (Ulmus spp.), Alder (Alnus glutinosa), sallows (Salix spp.), oaks (Quercus spp.), broadleaved trees
Flying: One generation, March-late May
UK Presence: Resident


Woodland and suburban habitats.

Regional Information

Recorded in 1 (0.4%) of the 270 2km squares of Baden-W├╝rttemberg.

Last recorded in April 2018

Recorded date range (Flying/Adult): 10 April to 04 May

Recorded date range (Larva/Leafmine): 21 June to 21 June

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 Photo © Peter Bissell
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