Lead Belle Scotopteryx mucronata
Lead Belle Scotopteryx mucronata
Adult • Dorset • ©

70.040 BF1733
Lead Belle Scotopteryx mucronata

(Heydemann, 1925)


Wingspan 30-38 mm.

Locally common in much of Britain, this species inhabits moorland and heathland, and can be disturbed in the daytime from its resting places. In the northern parts there is a darker subspecies (scotica), which also has a melanic form.

There is one generation, flying in May and June.

The overwintering larvae feed mainly on gorse (Ulex) and broom (Cytisus).
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