Geometridae : Larentiinae
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Photo © Terry Box,  Hardys Monument, Blackdown - 03 Jun 2006

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July Belle
Scotopteryx luridata
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Lead Belle
Scotopteryx mucronata

(Scopoli, 1763) 1733 / 70.040

Davey, P., 2009: A local species found in heathland and moorland regions of western Britain, the larva feeds on gorse (Ulex europaeus) and broom (Cytisus spp.). In Dorset, the moth was discovered by T Box in 2006 atop Black Down colonising gorse growing on the acid gravel soils around Hardy's Monument. This remains the only site where the species has been found in the county.

This species is very similar to July Belle. Diagnostics include a 'pipped' discal spot; a discal spot off-centred... Read More

Recorded in 1 (3%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 2006.
Last Recorded in 2010.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 15-19mm
Flight: May - June
Foodplant:   Gorse, Broom, Petty Whin, Dyer's Greenwood
Red List: Vulnerable (VU)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3/4
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
04/06/201049SY68 Weymouth / Martinstown
31/05/200819SY68 Weymouth / Martinstown
30/05/200819SY68 Weymouth / Martinstown
01/06/200719SY68 Weymouth / Martinstown
03/06/200639SY68 Weymouth / Martinstown

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