The Moths of Suffolk
1940 Satin Beauty, Deileptenia ribeata, (Clerck, 1759)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Scarce

Habitats : Woodland, particularly conifer plantations

Flight Period : Single-brooded; late June to July

Larval foodplants : Conifers; Scots Pine, Norway Spruce, Larch and Douglas Fir

Records : West Stow (C Smith, 1985), Dunwich Forest (B Statham, 4 & 5.vii.1994, 5.vii.1998), St Olaves (H Jenner, 1988), Kings Forest (SMG, 21.vi.2002), Elveden (B Palmer, vii.2006; G Finch, 12.vii.2007)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Not recorded in Suffolk in Morley's time

Wingspan details : Forewing 18-26mm, Wingspan 42-48mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultWillow Beauty, Peribatodes rhomboidaria
Mottled Beauty, Alcis repandata

Compare confusion species
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Monmouthshire (24.vi.2004) © L Gregory

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Elveden, Thetford Forest, Suffolk (9.vii.2011) © Neil Sherman