July Belle Scotopteryx luridata
July Belle Scotopteryx luridata
Adult • Dorset • © Paul Harris

70.041 BF1734
July Belle Scotopteryx luridata

(Fabricius, 1775)


Wingspan 32-38 mm.

Very similar in appearance to Lead Belle (Scotopteryx mucronata), some examples can only be separated by genitalia examination.

The single generation flies in from June to August, and the species inhabits open heathland, downland and similar localities.

The larvae feed on gorse (Ulex) and petty whin (Genista anglica).
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