Species: Willow Beauty (Peribatodes rhomboidaria)

Family: Geometer moths (GEOMETRIDAE)

Category: Butterflies & Moths

Location: S

A. Butterflies & Moths

B. Geometer moths (GEOMETRIDAE)

Geometer moths (named for the way in which their larvae move in a weaving fashion as if measuring the earth) form a large family. Their wings are usually held flat. Although these moths appear very much like butterflies, they are indeed moths and are usually nocturnal.

C. Willow Beauty (Peribatodes rhomboidaria)

The Willow Beauty moth has mottled and streaked markings, predominantly made of different shades of brown, forming good camouflage. There is a grey version of this moth. It has antennae with a pronounced feather-like appearance.

Its wingspan is between 30 and 48 millimetres.

It is reasonably common and its larvae feed on Ivy and Hawthorn but, despite its name, they rarely feed on Willow.

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Willow Beauty

The Willow Beauty moth has mottled and streaked markings, predominantly made of different shades of brown, forming good camouflage. Its wingspan is between 30 and 40 millimetres.

This individual was trapped in the cemetery (and then released) during the night of June 15/16 2022.