The Moths of Suffolk
1943 Great Oak Beauty, Hypomecis roboraria, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Notable Nb

Local Status : Locally extinct (SMP Status 4)

Habitats : Oak woodland

Flight Period : Single-brooded; mid-June to mid-July

Larval foodplants : oaks

Records : No recent confirmed records

Morley's Final Catalogue : "Very rare. Bred and taken at sugar at Ipswich by Mr. C. Long. Ipswich and Bentley (Mr. G. Garrett of Ipswich)." Both this and the two next species were thought in all probability now extinct, for nothing had been heard of them since Bloomfield's records, which all relate to the decade 1855-65 excepting Mr. Miller's record, infra.

Wingspan details : Forewing 21-32mm, Wingspan 60-68mm


Confusion species
    AdultPale Oak Beauty, Hypomecis punctinalis

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Surrey (vi.2004) © M Deans

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Surrey ( © L Gregory
Las Descargues, France (vi.2005) © Neil Sherman