Marbled Beauty Bryophila domestica

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Marbled Beauty Bryophila domestica

Marbled Beauty Bryophila domestica (Hufnagel, 1766) 73.084 BF2293

Wingspan of 20-25mm. Forewing length 12-14mm. This is indeed a beauty with its various marbled colouration. It ranges from greyish, greyish-green, green or dull orange in ground colour, or a slight mixture of these colours all with white. Thankfully, this is quite a regular visitor to my garden.

Marbled Beauty Bryophila domestica

The adults can be seen from July to August, and they are readily attracted to light. They are often attracted to moth traps, and are readily found resting on walls, fences, or tree trunks during the day. It is particularly well camouflaged on lichen covered trees. It is found in various habitats, from urban to suburban, calcareous woodland and coastal cliffs. Fairly common over most of Britain except for in Scotland where it is more localised.

The larvae feed on lichen which grows on various substrates such as trees, walls and rocks.

© Pete Hillman July 2015.