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70.231 (BF1910)

Lilac Beauty   

Apeira syringaria
Adult: 1
Resident, scarce, local. Widespread throughout most of England and Wales. Thinly scattered across southern half of Scotland. Its abundance has decreased greatly since 1970.


Unmistakable with the forewings raised slightly and a creased leading edge at the resting posture.

Recording method

Comes to light in small numbers.

Life cycle

One generation. Overwinters as a small larva during August to late May on the foodplant.

Larval foodplants

Ash, Honeysuckle and Wild Privet.


Broadleaved woodland, some gardens and scrubby areas.


First recorded for Dumfries and Galloway in VC73 as recently as 1974 in the Rothamsted light trap at Gatehouse of Fleet and in 1976 for VC72 in the trap at Waterside Mains.  It was first found in VC74 in 1979 near  near Drannandow Farm by Bland.

76 record(s) from 15 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2021 2019

 UK Moths website - further information on species (with photos)

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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