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1931 Peppered Moth, Biston betularia (Linnaeus, 1758)

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A resident species often fairly common to common at mv light in woods, but normally less frequent along treeless parts of the coast. Probably generally distributed, but high numbers are local. This species is single-brooded occurring mainly from mid May to the third week in August, sometimes from late May or to late August. Larvae feed on sloe, birch, sallow, broom, (sweet) chestnut, Portugal laurel, willow and oak. (Pratt, 2011)

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Craw, 08 viii 2015 Photo: Elliot Dowding

Biston betularia (Linnaeus, 1758)

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Distribution map for Biston betularia

(Distribution at 1km scale)

f. insularia | f. carbonaria |  typical form |   |   | All records

Historic records: pre 1980 |  1980 - 1989 |  1990 - 1999 |  2000 - 2009 |  2010 on |  All

Phenology chart for Biston betularia

Phenology: Adult | Larva | Pupa

Forms or subspecies: f. insularia | f. carbonaria |  typical form |   |   | All records

Historic records: pre 1980 |  1980 - 1989 |  1990 - 1999 |  2000 - 2009 |  2010 on |  All

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