The Moths of Suffolk
1944 Pale Oak Beauty, Hypomecis punctinalis, (Scopoli, 1763)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Broadleaved woodland, scrub, heathland

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

Larval foodplants : Pedunculate Oak, birches, Hazel, hawthorns, crab apple and sallows

Morley's Final Catalogue : "Very rare. Bentley (H. Harpur Crewe). There is some doubt whether these localities are correct, as the two species are much alike" (Bloomfield). Confirmed by the capture of the present species at light in Wrentham woods on 23 June 1936 by Mr. Jack Goddard.

Wingspan details : Forewing 22-26mm, Wingspan 46-55mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultWillow Beauty, Peribatodes rhomboidaria
Great Oak Beauty, Hypomecis roboraria

Compare confusion species
    Adult

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Eye (20.v.2000) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2003) © N Sherman
Bawdsey, Suffolk (4.vi.2009) © Matthew Deans
Ipswich, Suffolk (10.vi.2009) © Neil Sherman
 
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Wordwell, Suffolk (4.vi.2010) © A Prichard
Melanic specimen - Ipswich, Suffolk (29.v.2011) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (5.vi.2015) © Neil Sherman
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (22.v.2015) © Neil Sherman