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70.04 ~ 1733s1 ~ Lead Belle ~ Scotopteryx mucronata
UK Status

Resident. Local SW.

Montgomeryshire Status

A fairly uncommon species recorded mostly in the western side of the county.

The subspecies scotica is occasionally recorded.

Wingspan :  M & F, 30-38mm.

Confusion species

July Belle and Spanish Carpet.
Flight time (Montgomeryshire)


Normally acid heathland and moorland.


Broom, petty whin, dyer's greenwood and the leaves of gorse.

Lifestage data

Overwinters as a larva on the foodplant. Larva August-March. Pupates either on the plant or in the plant debris.
Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by PRW, 8th May 2007, Commins Coch