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Lilac Beauty
Apeira syringaria (Linnaeus, 1758)
Geometridae: Ennominae
1910 / 70.231
Photo © Charles Fletcher, 27 Jun 2001,  SE3171: Ripon, VC64

Similar Yorkshire Species: None
Forewing: 19-22mm
Flight: June - July
Foodplant:   Honeysuckle, Ash and Wild Privet
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1

Yorkshire Status: Uncommon and local resident.

This rather attractive moth of broad-leaved woodland is rather local in the county. It has a distinctive resting position, doing a rather good impression of a crumpled leaf. It has declined a little in recent years. It is only ever seen in small numbers, and over 90% of our records are of single moths. Perhaps it is not strongly attracted to light. It occasionally produced a small second generation - the moths being a little smaller.

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

Recorded in 73 (37%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1883.
Last Recorded in 2023.
Additional Stats

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
12/07/2023161TA41 - Kilnsea / Spurn Head
10/07/2023161TA31 - Skeffling / Easington
09/07/2023361TA32 - Withernsea
08/07/2023161TA31 - Skeffling / Easington
08/07/2023161TA41 - Kilnsea / Spurn Head
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