Geometridae: Ennominae

1944 (ABH70.268) Pale Oak Beauty Hypomecis punctinalis, (Scopoli, 1763)

KR07784

Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
 pre-1981
 1981-1999
 2000-2009
 2010-onwards
Monks Wood, June 2007
Monks Wood, June 2007
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Monks Wood
Monks Wood
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Storrington, West Sussex, 29th May 2017. MV trap. Male.
Storrington, West Sussex, 29th May 2017. MV trap. Male.
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies


General Information

This species has a variable ground colour.

 

Pupates in loose soil.

Overwinters as Overwinters as a pupa.
Both sexes readily come to light, sometimes in numbers.
Often found at rest during day

Forewing length: 22-26mm.
Foodplant(s): Pedunculate Oak (Quercus robur), birches (Betula spp.), Hazel (Corylus avellana), hawthorns (Crataegus spp.), Crab Apple (Malus sylvestris), sallows (Salix spp.)
Flying: One generation, late May-mid July
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Common

Habitat

Broadleaved woodland, scrub, heathland.

Regional Information

Recorded in 36 (13.3%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in June 2018

Recorded date range (Adult): 17 April to 24 July

Similar Species
Great Staughton
Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Willow Beauty Peribatodes rhomboidaria
 Photo © Barry Dickerson
Great Oak Beauty Hypomecis roboraria


Larva/Leafmine:
Larva Type:
With lumps, bumps or horn(s)
Colours:
Brown, black
No. of Proleg Pairs:
2