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45.010 (BF1497)

Beautiful Plume   

Amblyptilia acanthadactyla
Adult: 2
Resident. Local.

Recording method

Comes to ivy blossom in autumn.

Life cycle

Larvae: May-September on the buds, flowers and unripe seeds.  Adults: June-May, ie every month of the year.

Larval foodplants

A wide range of plants including woundworts, restharrows, mints, Herb-Robert, crane’s-bills, goosefoots, Heather, Bell Heather, Cross-leaved Heath.


The first for Dumfries & Galloway was found at Kirkconnell, Kirkcudbrightshire, on 15th April 1971 by Sir Arthur Duncan, specimen at National Museums Scotland, while the first for Wigtownshire was found at Torrs Warren on 11th September 1982 by Sir Arthur Duncan, specimen also at National Museums Scotland, with the Dumfriesshire first being found at Glencaple on 24th June 2011.

73 record(s) from 19 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2016 2022 2022
45.010 Amblyptilia Acanthadactyla
45.010 Amblyptilia Acanthadactyla

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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