The Moths of Suffolk
1910 Lilac Beauty, Apeira syringaria, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and reasonably frequent

Habitats : Broad-leaved woodland and scrub

Flight Period : Single-brooded; late June to July, occasional records in August and September

Larval foodplants : Honeysuckle, Ash and Wild Privet

Morley's Final Catalogue : Still somewhat scarce but generally distributed, as in 1890. Later noted at light and hovering over flowers at Copdock (Hkg); Bentley Woods in July 1895 (Baylis) not uncommonly, and bred from larva found feeding on Symphoricarpos racemosus on 27 June 1908 in Monks Soham garden (Mly); Martlesham (D), Waldringfield (Wlr) and Rendlesham (Wiltshire).

Wingspan details : Forewing 19-22mm, Wingspan 38-42mm

Identification

Confusion species : None


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Suffolk (21.vi.2003) © A Prichard

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (viii.2003) © N Sherman
Great Cornard, Suffolk (10.ix.2006) © Stuart Read
Great Cornard, Suffolk (10.ix.2006) © Stuart Read
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (3.vii.2012) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (5.ix.2016) © Paul Kitchener