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Oak Beauty  Oak Beauty

Oak Beauty - Photo  Copyright 2006 Dean Stables
Photo: Dean Stables
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UK Safari Tip:
You can find out what type of moths are living in your area with the help of a humane moth trap - click here

Latin name: Biston strataria

Size: Wingspan approximately 55mm

Distribution: Found throughout England and Wales. Less common in Scotland and N.I.

Months seen: March to May.

Habitat: Woods, parks and gardens.

Food: Caterpillars feed on various trees including oak (hence the name), hazel and alder.

Special features: The oak beauty is mostly white, dappled with alternate bands of brown and black. It flies at night and is readily attracted to light.

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