Lepidoptera

Outer Hebrides


Biston betularia Linnaeus, 1758
Peppered Moth

Family: Geometridae
Checklist Number: 70.252

Though widespread on the mainland only two records from the Outer Hebrides. A rather striking, large moth that has a blackish coloured form in industrial areas, though this type is now declining as atmospheric pollution decreases. Flies from May - August in wooded areas

Caterpillars feed upon a very wide range of trees and shrubs including birches Betula, oaks Quercus, poplars Populus, bramble Rubus and Broom Cytisus scoparius

Biston betularia
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