Geometridae : Larentiinae
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Lead Belle
Scotopteryx mucronata
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July Belle
Scotopteryx luridata

(Fabricius, 1775) 1734 / 70.041

Davey, P., 2009: A species found throughout Britain, the larva feeds on gorse (Ulex europaeus) and petty whin (Genista anglica). In Dorset, the moth occurs wherever gorse is abundant, particularly on heathland, but also on gorse-clad chalk downland. The record below refers to a strong colony of July Belle on an unimproved neutral grassland site where there is no gorse. However, dyer's greenweed (Genista tinctoria) is well established there: Rooksmoor, fourteen disturbed by day on 4 June 1997,... Read More

Recorded in 26 (65%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1930.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 15-19mm
Flight: July - August
Foodplant:   Gorse, Petty Whin, Dyer's Greenweed
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
23/07/2019+9SY89 Bere Regis
20/07/2019199SY98 Wareham
13/07/201929SU00 Wimborne
13/07/2019+9SY98 Wareham
25/06/201919SY79 Puddletown

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