Geometridae: Ennominae

1925 (ABH70.246) Small Brindled Beauty Apocheima hispidaria, ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)


Monks Wood
Monks Wood
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Monks Wood
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Monks Wood, March 2003
Monks Wood, March 2003
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies

General Information

This is an early spring species. The female is wingless and the male is quite variable.

Overwinters as Overwinters as a pupa.
Male readily comes to light, sometimes in numbers. Female not.
Often found at rest during day

Forewing length: 15-17mm.
Foodplant(s): Pedunculate Oak (Quercus robur), Sessile Oak (Quercus petraea), hawthorns (Crataegus spp.), birches (Betula spp.), elms (Ulmus spp.), Hazel (Corylus avellana), Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus), Sweet Chestnut (Castanea sativa)
Flying: One generation, mid February-March
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Local


Mature oak woodland and hedgerows.

Regional Information

Recorded in 15 (5.6%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in February 2019

Recorded date range (Adult): 31 January to 21 April

Recorded date range (Larva/Leafmine): 16 May to 01 June

Similar Species
Great Staughton, March 2012
Great Staughton, March 2012
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Pale Brindled Beauty Phigalia pilosaria (=Apocheima)
Great Staughton
Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Brindled Beauty Lycia hirtaria

Larva Type:
Brown, grey
No. of Proleg Pairs: