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19.014 (BF476)

Bittersweet Smudge   

Acrolepia autumnitella
Adult: 2
Resident. Rare.

Life cycle

Mines May-July, August-November.  Adults June-August, September-May.

Larval foodplants

Bittersweet (Woody Nightshade), Potato Tree (Solanum crispum, an ornamental garden plant), Deadly Nightshade, especially in sheltered situations.  Large white blotch mines in the leaves.


The first for Scotland and Dumfries & Galloway was found at a window of The Crichton, Dumfries, on 14th August 2013; two days later tenanted mines were found on Bittersweet close by.

15 record(s) from 5 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2022 2022

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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