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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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19 June, 2010

Willow Beauty (Peribatodes rhomboidaria)

As the weeks go by so the most common moth in the trap changes and we are now in to the Willow Beauty season.

This geometrid species is single brooded and is flying from now through until August and we may even get some in September too if there is a second brood.

At first sight they look very drab but on closer examination they have lovely born and grey mottled wings and they justify the 'beauty' in their name.

The Willow Beauty is widely distributed across the whole of the British Isles and is quite common. They are readily attracted to light and can often come in to houses where there is a light on and a window open.

Although 'Willow' Beauty it feeds on various plants and lays its eggs on a variety of tress including Hawthorn, Birch, Privet, Yew and Plum as well as shrubby plants such as Ivy and Traveller's Joy.