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Ennominae

 

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Some of the moths from this family which are called ‘Beauty’ and other similar species

1. Those which rest with the leading edge of the forewing right out and their hindwings showing .

2. Those which rest with the forewings held back to form a triangle

    

1. Willow Beauty, Mottled Beauty, Engrailed and Brussels Lace


Willow Beauty Two crosslines meet in a blob at the trailing edge of the forewing.
There is sometimes a similar blob on Mottled Beauty but less distinct and not in this position.

Flight period June-October

If in doubt check also Feathered Beauty, Satin Beauty and Great Oak Beauty, which are not common (not shown here).



Mottled Beauty 1.Does not have the meeting cross-lines seen in Willow Beauty.
2. Hindwing is more scalloped at the edge than Willow Beauty.
3. Outer cross-line has a ‘dip’ near outer edge of the hindwing

Flight period mainly June and July

If in doubt check also Pale Oak Beauty which does not have the dip in the outer cross-line.



Engrailed Distinguished by two small ‘daggers’ in the middle of the central cross-line.

Flight period March-August.

(Check also Small Engrailed which is much less common, almost impossible to distinguish and may not be a separate species.)


Brussels Lace The way the main cross-line in the end third of the forewing zig-zags is very characteristic and unmistakable.

Flight Period mainly June to August.

Wing 14-18mm - usually smaller than the others in this group

2. Brindled Beauty, Small Brindled Beauty and Pale Brindled Beauty - The females of Small Brindled Beauty and Pale Brindled Beauty are wingless and not shown here.


Brindled Beauty

Heavy black cross-lines

Small Brindled Beauty

Wing-length 15-17mm. Smaller than the other two - Brindled Beauty and male of Pale Brindled Beauty have wing-length at least 20 mm



Pale Brindled Beauty

Cross-lines much less prominent

Flight times of these two moths do not overlap :-
Pale Brindled Beauty is usually seen in January and February whereas Brindled Beauty mainly appears in April.

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