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Biston betularia (Linnaeus, 1758)

Peppered Moth
70.2520 (B&F: 1931)


»Suborder: Glossata
  »Superfamily: Geometroidea
    »Family: Geometridae
      »Subfamily: Ennominae
        »Tribe: Bistonini

A resident species often fairly common to common at mv light in woods, but normally less frequent along treeless parts of the coast. Probably generally distributed, but high numbers are local. This species is single-brooded occurring mainly from mid May to the third week in August, sometimes from late May or to late August. Larvae feed on sloe, birch, sallow, broom, (sweet) chestnut, Portugal laurel, willow and oak. (Pratt, 2011)

Biston betularia (Linnaeus, 1758)
f. insularia
Nr. Battle, 02 vi 2018
Photo: Mark Donnellan
Biston betularia (Linnaeus, 1758)
Battle, 27 vii 2012
Photo: Adrienne Norbury
Biston betularia (Linnaeus, 1758)
f. carbonaria
Crowborough, 28 v 2017
Photo: Bill Welch
Biston betularia (Linnaeus, 1758)
Craw, 08 viii 2015
Photo: Elliot Dowding
Biston betularia (Linnaeus, 1758)
f. insularia
Crowborough, 17 vi 2015
Photo: Charles Waters
Biston betularia (Linnaeus, 1758)
f. carbonaria
Lindfield, 11 vii 2014
Photo: Bob Foreman
Biston betularia (Linnaeus, 1758)
Ringmer, 2 vii 2008
Photo: John Luck

Distribution at 1km scale

Phenology (adult)

Phenology (larval)

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