70.258 (1937) Willow Beauty Peribatodes rhomboidaria ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

Resident. Common.
Flight period

J. Garraway informed Gordon (1919) that he had taken two on tree trunks below Alticry Lodge, Wigtownshire, in July, 1903. W. G. Clutten spent three days near Dumfries in mid-July 1904 and found the Willow Beauty.
It was 1973 before it was seen again, at Gatehouse of Fleet, then Ecclefechan in 1974, and Whiteleys and Knockquhassin in 1975.
During 1974-93 Gatehouse of Fleet (12 records), Newton Stewart (15 records), Waterside Mains at Keir (5 records) and Mabie Forest (9 records) Rothamsted stations recorded it scarcely. During 1983 it was trapped on the Hensol Estate.
From 1992 to 2010 the regularly trapped sites at Kirkton and Durisdeer (VC72), Kirkcudbright area and Forest Moor (VC74) produced a fair portion of the eighty records in this period, but the others are from widespread sites across the region.

Form perfumaria (Newman, 1865)
First was found on moorland near Dumfries in mid-July 1904. The next was trapped at Threave Gardens late July 2011 and lastly one caught mid-August 2013 at Broughton House in Kirkcudbright, both National Trust for Scotland properties in VC73. It is slate-grey in colour.
Life cycle
Two generations. Overwinters as a small larva on the foodplant during July to June.
Larval foodplants
A wide variety of broadleaved trees, climbers and shrubs.
In Willow Beauty the defined median line touches or almost touches the postmedian line at the trailing edge of the wing. On the underside of the forewing is a pale apical mark.
A wide range of habitats but where ever the foodplant grows.
Recorders' notes
Care required to separate from other 'beauties.'
© Keith Naylor, Dalbeattie, 2 September 2005

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