The Willow Beauty is a variable moth and may be confused with other ‘Beauty’ species. An important feature in identification is the cross-line on the forewing beyond the middle which strongly kinked near the leading edge. is more or less straight in trailing half, and forms a dot on each vein. Wingspan 30 to 38mm.
Flies mainly June to August, but in the south a second generation form August to October. Readily comes to light, sometimes in fair numbers.
Found in woodland, hedgerows, parks and gardens. Common and widespread, and resident.
The caterpillar feeds on a range of broadleaved trees, shrubs and climbers, including privet, Honeysuckle and birches.
Photographs of Willow Beauty (Peribatodes rhomboidaria), taken May 2014, rear garden, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2014. Camera used Nikon D3200, with Sigma 105mm macro lens.