The Moths of Suffolk
1925 Small Brindled Beauty, Apocheima hispidaria, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 2)

Distribution and abundance : Local, but can be common where it occurs

Habitats : Mature oak woodland

Flight Period : Single-brooded; February to March

Larval foodplants : Pedunculate oak

Comments : A species that has greatly increased in recent years

Morley's Final Catalogue : Much overlooked before 1890, or now a great deal more frequent. Then known from only Bentley (Garret, Ml), Needham (L) and on oak-trunks in Ickworth Park (Suff. Inst. iv, 1870, 221). Later taken at light in Copdock rectory (Hkg), and quite freely both on tree-trunks in Bentley Woods and at light in Ipswich, March.

Wingspan details : Forewing 15-17mm, Wingspan male 35-37mm, female wingless

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultPale Brindled Beauty, Phigalia pilosaria
Brindled Beauty, Lycia hirtaria

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Ipswich, Suffolk (ii.2004) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (ii.2004) © N Sherman
Dark form - Ipswich, Suffolk (ii.2003) © N Sherman
Female found at night by torchlight on oak tree trunk - Ipswich, Suffolk (25.ii.2011) © Neil Sherman
 
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Pair - female found at night by torchlight on oak tree trunk, male trapped at MV - Ipswich, Suffolk (25.ii.2011) © Neil Sherman
Male - lighter specimen - Ipswich, Suffolk (24.ii.2011) © Neil Sherman
Female - found at night by torchlight on Oak tree trunk. - Groton wood, Suffolk (ii.2008) © Neil Sherman
 
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Female found at night by torchlight on oak tree trunk - Ipswich, Suffolk (25.ii.2011) © Neil Sherman
Male - dark specimen - Ipswich, Suffolk (24.ii.2011) © Neil Sherman
Bred from eggs laid by female collected in February - Ipswich, Suffolk (v.2011) © Neil Sherman
 
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2 colour forms of the male - Ipswich, Suffolk (20.iii.2015) © Neil Sherman