Superficially similar to the Straw Belle, although more yellow in colour, is generally smaller and has two crossbands on the forewings as opposed to one. Flies in hot sunshine and can be readily disturbed from low vegetation and grass. Also flies from dusk and into the night.

Size and Family

  • Family – Thorns, Beauties and allies (Ennomines)
  • Medium Sized 

Conservation status

  • UK BAP: Not listed
  • Local (only found in some areas)

Caterpillar Food Plants

Wild Carrot, Restharrow, Buck’s-horn Plantain, Beaked Hawk’s-beard and several other low-growing plants.


Frequents sandhills, shingle beaches, edges of saltmarshes, waste ground and other rough grassy places. Primarily coastal, although also found on Breck grassland.


  • Countries – England, Wales
  • Widely found in the seaboard counties of southern England, ranging on the west coast to Pembrokeshire and the east coast to Lincolnshire. Also found in the Brecks of Norfolk and Suffolk and along the Thames estuary, otherwise rarely found inland.
Yellow Belle by Mark Parsons

Yellow Belle

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