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32.018 (BF688)

Common Flat-body   

Agonopterix heracliana
Adult: 2
Resident. Common.


The only reliable way of separating adults of A. heracliana and A. ciliella is by dissection.  Counting the lines in the cilia near the base of the hindwing is now considered unreliable.

Recording method

Comes to light.

Life cycle

Larvae present May-August, feeding in leaflets rolled into tubes. Sometimes found among flowers or fruit.  Adult July-May.

Larval foodplants

Many species of umbellifers.


The first for Dumfries & Galloway was found at Killantringan Lighthouse, Wigtownshire, during April 1914 by D. A. Mowat the keeper, while the first record for Kirkcudbrightshire was found at the Baron’s Craig Hotel at Rockcliffe on 27th May 1962 by E. C. Pelham-Clinton, with the Dumfriesshire first being found at Castlehill in Kirkmahoe parish by Sir Arthur Duncan on 20th February 1976, the specimen now at National Museums Scotland.

128 record(s) from 31 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2017 2022 2022
32.018 Agonopterix Heracliana
32.018 Agonopterix Heracliana
32.018 Agonopterix Heracliana32.018 Agonopterix Heracliana

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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