The Moths of Suffolk
1930 Oak Beauty, Biston strataria, (Hufnagel, 1767)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread, common in woods

Habitats : Woodland and heathland with scrub

Flight Period : Single-brooded; mid-February to April

Larval foodplants : Oaks, Hazel, Aspen, Alder, elms, sallows and deciduous trees and shrubs

Morley's Final Catalogue : By no means uncommon in well-timbered districts. Raydon Wood and frequent at Ipswich lights (Mly); Martlesham (D); Hemley (EMM. 1904, 81); Stowmarket (Ent. Wk. Intell. ii, 1857, 28); common near Lowestoft in 1937 (Btn); &c.

Wingspan details : Forewing 17-27mm, Wingspan 51-56mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultPeppered Moth, Biston betularia

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Rendham (iii.2004) © M Deans

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Melanic form - Ipswich, Suffolk (iii.2004) © N Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (ii.2003) © N Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (iii.2004) © N Sherman
 
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Pale form - Ipswich, Suffolk (iii.2004) © N Sherman
Barton Mills, Suffolk (17.iii.2005) © Lee Gregory
Dark specimen - Ipswich, Suffolk (10.iii.2012) © Neil Sherman
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (3.iii.2017) © Paul Kitchener