Straw Belle

  • Straw Belle
    Straw Belle

Scientific name: Aspitates gilvaria

July to early September, but has been recorded in mid June

Readily disturbed from amongst grasses by day. Flies from dusk and comes to light.

Size and Family

  • Family – Thorns, Beauties and allies (Ennomines)
  • Small / Medium Sized 
  • Wing Span Range (male to female) - 32-39mm

Conservation status

  • UK BAP: Priority Species
  • Red Data Book

Caterpillar Description

Overwinters as a larva, becoming full-fed in June. Pupates in a spinning in the sward

Particular Caterpillar Food Plants

Common Bird's-foot-trefoil (Lotus corniculatus), Fairy Flax (Linum catharticum) and probably other herbs


  • Countries – England and Ireland
  • The North Downs of Kent and Surrey. Formerly reported from other sites in southern England from Suffolk to Somerset
  • Distribution Trend Since 1970’s = Britain: Declining


Rough chalk grassland, often with areas of bare ground, and abandoned quarries


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