Geometridae : Larentiinae
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July Belle
Scotopteryx luridata
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Lead Belle
Scotopteryx mucronata

(Scopoli, 1763) 1733 / 70.040

General comments
Extinct resident.

The separation of Lead Belle from July Belle is almost always a matter that calls for dissection of the genital apparatus. Several published reports from Hertfordshire are erroneous and are known to actually refer to the July Belle. Subspecies umbrifera (Heydemann) is the English subspecies of the Lead Belle. In Scotland it is replaced by ssp. scotica (Cockayne); the nominate ssp. mucronata (Scopoli) is found only in mainland Europe.

Recorded in 1 (2%) of 41 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1947.
Last Recorded in 1947.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
1947120TL11 - Harpenden / Wheathampstead
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Forewing: 15-19mm.
Flight: One generation. May-June.
Foodplant:   Gorse, Broom, Petty Whin, Dyer's Greenwood
Red List: Vulnerable (VU)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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