Small Brindled Beauty Apocheima hispidaria
([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)
Wingspan 28-35 mm.
The males of this species are quite variable, with some individuals having a darker central band, others more uniformly coloured. The females are wingless and generally brownish in colour.
An early spring species, the adults are out in February and March, when the males come to light, and the females may be found on the trunks of trees.
Reasonably common in southern England and Wales, it can be found locally as far north as Yorkshire.
The main foodplant is oak (Quercus), occasionally other trees such as hazel (Corylus) and elm (Ulmus).