70.248 Lycia hirtaria (Brindled Beauty) 1927
fw: 19-23mm; Mar-May; various broadleaved trees and shrubs; common in most of England, more local in Wales and Scotland
ID: Similar in wing pattern and broad hairy thorax to males of Apocheima hispidaria (Small Brindled Beauty), which is smaller (fw: 15-17mm) and to Phigalia pilosaria (Pale Brindled Beauty), which is much the same size. P.pilosaria is generally paler with weaker cross-lines and it flies earlier (Jan-Mar) than L.hirtaria, though there is an overlap period in March. An all dark form nigra occurs rarely.
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