Willow Beauty

Peribatodes rhomboidaria – The Willow Beauty is a variable moth and may be confused with other ‘Beauty’ species. It has a wingspan of 30-38mm. An important feature in identification is the cross-line on the forewing beyond the middle which is strongly kinked near the leading edge. It is more or less straight in trailing half, and forms a dot on each vein. The adult 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 larvae feed on a range of broadleaved trees, shrubs and climbers, including privet, Honeysuckle and birches.

Willow Beauty Peribatodes rhomboidaria

Attracted to moth trap, rear garden, July 2019. Nikon D7200 © Peter Hillman.

21 thoughts on “Willow Beauty

    1. As you know there are several of these ‘beauty’ moths which look very similar and can be a real pain to id with accuracy. I had to get this checked myself, and it came back as the Willow Beauty.

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  1. That’s some great camouflage. Could easily be mistaken for another lighter coloured stone or some light veining.

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      1. Just shows how bad my close-up vision is Pete, LOL. I really thought it was a rock 😀

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      1. Quite an understatement 😉 Yesterday evening I tried to find a kind of fly. My eyes are aching now, but I didn ‘t find it anyway, haha!

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    1. Oh, another confession. The moth was caught in my trap last night and I gently placed him on an old piece of bark for a more natural look. Photographed on an egg box just would not be quite the same 🙂

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  2. I imagine that if the background is bark that this moth must be fairly small – it also indicates what a sharp observer you are!

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    1. I have a confession Anne. I caught the moth – and many of the others you see in these here posts – in my moth trap, and I gently pose them on and old piece of bark to try and get a more naturalistic image 🙂


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