The Moths of Suffolk
1937 Willow Beauty, Peribatodes rhomboidaria, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and very common

Habitats : Woodland, scrub, hedgerows, heathland, fens, grassland, gardens

Flight Period : Single-brooded; mid-June to August, occasional partial second brood from late August to September

Larval foodplants : Various broad-leaved trees and shrubs including Traveller's Joy, Honeysuckle and Ivy

Morley's Final Catalogue : In profusion everywhere throughout the County; Occasionally at Monks Soham light in July and August. The somewhat unusual ab. fimbriaria, Ste., was first described as a good species, 'Alcis fimbriaria,' by Stephens from a single male " taken, I believe, in Suffolk" (Ste. Illus. Brit. Ent. iii, 1831, p.188, pl. xxx, fig. 1.)

Wingspan details : Forewing 17-24mm, Wingspan 40-48mm


Confusion species
    AdultFeathered Beauty, Peribatodes secundaria
Satin Beauty, Deileptenia ribeata
Mottled Beauty, Alcis repandata
Great Oak Beauty, Hypomecis roboraria

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Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2003) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
larval diapause larval diapause larval diapause larva larvapupa pupa pupaimago imago ovaimago larva larval diapause larval diapause

Further Photographs

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Second generation - Thetford, Norfolk (20.ix.2005) © Lee Gregory
Melanic form - Ipswich, Suffolk (viii.2008) © Neil Sherman
Thetford, Norfolk (16.viii.2008) © Lee Gregory
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f. rebeli (male) - VC25, Gorleston, Suffolk (11.viii.2010) © Brian Jones
Melanic specimen - Ipswich, Suffolk (29.ix.2011) © Neil Sherman