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Oak Beauty
Biston strataria
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Peppered Moth
Biston betularia

(Linnaeus, 1758) 70.252/1931
Norfolk status
Common in gardens and a wide variety of other habitats. The adults are seen from mid May to mid August, and are typically white with black 'peppered' markings.
Two darker forms are more common where the trunks of trees are blackened by pollution. This is a classic example of evolution in action and has been much studied.

f. carbonaria: Sooty black, frequent in industrial areas correlating with levels of industrial pollution.

f. insularia: Genetic intermediate form, not a result of mixed mating, again more frequent in polluted areas.

Recorded in 67 (97%) of 69 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1834.
Last Recorded in 2019.
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Determination
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
18/06/2019127TG42 - Hickling/Horsey
17/06/2019127TG11 - Drayton/Swannington
16/06/2019128TF63 - Snettisham/Dersingham
16/06/2019127TG10 - Wymondham/Cringleford
15/06/2019327TG23 - N.Walsham/Roughton
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Forewing: 22-28mm.
Season: One generation May-Aug.
Foodplant:   many small plants, trees and shrubs
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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