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Belted beauty moth fact file

Belted beauty moth description

KingdomAnimalia
PhylumArthropoda
ClassInsecta
OrderLepidoptera
FamilyGeometridae
GenusLycia Belted beauty moth biology

The Belted Beauty moth is single brooded, and adults are present in March and April. Both sexes can be found sitting on low vegetation during the day and night Belted beauty moth range

The subspeciesLycia zonaria britannica is found only in the UK Belted beauty moth habitat

At its sites on the Wirral and in north Wales, the moth is associated with semi-fixed, herb-rich dune grassland where caterpillars feed preferentially on kidney vetch Anthyllis vulneraria at Meols Common and bird's-foot trefoil Lotus corniculatus at Morfa Conwy, although they do have a wider range of foodplants. At Sunderland Point, the moth is associated with an area of invertebrates_freshwater

Belted beauty moth status

This subspecies is classified as Rare in Great Britain Belted beauty moth threats

The major factor affecting this species has been habitat loss through development, trampling of dune systems by humans and the natural successional changes in vegetation on these habitats Belted beauty moth conservation

The Species Action Plan produced for this moth under the UK Biodiversity Action Plan (UK BAP) aims to maintain all known Belted Beauty populations in England and Wales

The UK Biodiversity Action Plan for this species is available at UK BAP.
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Authentication

Information authenticated by Mike Howe, Countryside Council for Wales (CCW).
http://www.ccw.gov.uk/

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References

  1. Skinner, B. (1984) Colour Identification Guide to Moths of the British Isles. Viking Press, London.
  2. UK BAP (Dec 2001): http://www.ukbap.org.uk
  3. Lancashire's Biodiversity Action Plan. (Dec 2001): http://www.lbap.org.uk/HTML/SPECIES/belted.htm
  4. Pers. observation from images.
  5. South, R. (1961) Moths of the British Isles. Frederick Warne and Co. Ltd, London.
  6. Mike Howe (Countryside Council for Wales) 2002. Pers. comm.
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Male Belted Beauty  
Male Belted Beauty

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