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Peppered Moth
Biston betularia

(Linnaeus, 1758) 1931 / 70.252

Davey, P., 2009: A common species in England and Wales, but more local in Scotland, the larva feeding on a wide variety of deciduous tree and shrub species, and occasionally recorded on plants. In Dorset, the moth is widespread and common, especially in deciduous woodland. The moth is least common in open country. The Peppered moth is arguably the most famous insect in the world, achieving iconic status as the proof of natural selection at work, and appearing in many biology textbooks to this... Read More

Recorded in 40 (100%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1934.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 22-28mm
Flight: May - August
Foodplant:   many small plants, trees and shrubs
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
07/08/2019+9SY58 Abbotsbury
03/08/201919SY79 Puddletown
02/08/2019+9SY98 Wareham
01/08/201929SY98 Wareham
01/08/201919SY88 Wool / Lulworth

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