Geometridae: Ennominae

1926 (ABH70.247) Pale Brindled Beauty Phigalia pilosaria (=Apocheima), ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

KR07672

Great Staughton, March 2012
Great Staughton, March 2012
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Great Staughton, March 2012
 Photo © Peter Bissell
 pre-2000
 2000-2009
 2010-2019
 2020-onwards
f. monacharia
f. monacharia
 Photo © Barry Dickerson
 Photo © Barry Dickerson
Female, ex larva, Great Staughton, February 2012
Female, ex larva, Great Staughton, February 2012
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Female, ex larva, Great Staughton, February 2012
Female, ex larva, Great Staughton, February 2012
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Female, ex larva, Great Staughton, February 2012
Female, ex larva, Great Staughton, February 2012
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Female, ex larva, Great Staughton, February 2012
Female, ex larva, Great Staughton, February 2012
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Great Staughton
Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Great Staughton, March 2012
Great Staughton, March 2012
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Great Staughton, March 2012
Great Staughton, March 2012
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Monks Wood
Monks Wood
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Monks Wood
Monks Wood
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Flightless Female, Monks Wood
Flightless Female, Monks Wood
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Great Staughton, 3rd instar, April 2011
Great Staughton, 3rd instar, April 2011
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Monks Wood
Monks Wood
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Great Staughton, April 2011
Great Staughton, April 2011
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Monks Wood
Monks Wood
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Great Staughton, 2nd instar, April 2011
Great Staughton, 2nd instar, April 2011
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Great Staughton, final instar, 43mm, April 2011
Great Staughton, final instar, 43mm, April 2011
 Photo © Peter Bissell


General Information

The females of this species are completely wingless. There is a melanic form f. monacharia.

 

Pupates in an underground cocoon.

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

Forewing length: 19-24mm.
Foodplant(s): oaks (Quercus spp.), hawthorns (Crataegus spp.), Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa), Apple (Malus domestica), birches (Betula spp.), Alder (Alnus glutinosa), Hazel (Corylus avellana), Goat Willow (Salix caprea), poplars (Populus spp.), lime (Tilia spp.), elms (Ulmus spp.), Ash (Fraxinus excelsior), broadleaved trees, broadleaved shrubs
Flying: One generation, late December-March
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Common

Regional Information

Recorded in 55 (20.4%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in February 2020

Recorded date range (Adult): 01 January to 27 December

Recorded date range (Larva/Leafmine): 02 April to 17 June

Similar Species
Monks Wood
Monks Wood
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Small Brindled Beauty Apocheima hispidaria
Great Staughton
Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Brindled Beauty Lycia hirtaria


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