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Lilac Beauty
Apeira syringaria

(Linnaeus, 1758) 1910 / 70.231

Davey, P., 2009: A locally occurring species in Britain, the larva feeding on honeysuckle (Lonicera spp.), ash (Fraxinus spp.) and wild privet (Ligustrum vulgare). In Dorset, the moth is widely distributed across the county, but at low density and seldom common. The habitats favoured by the moth include honeysuckle-rich woodland on acid soils, woods and scrub on chalky soil where ash and privet grow, and coastal scrub where salt-resistant privet thickets colonise chalky undercliffs. The... Read More

Recorded in 37 (93%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1940.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

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
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
21/09/201919ST61 Sherborne
27/08/201919ST61 Sherborne
25/08/201919SZ08 Studland / Sandbanks
25/08/201929ST61 Sherborne
21/07/2019+9SY59 Powerstock / Kingcombe

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