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70.287 (BF1964)


Charissa obscurata
Adult: 2
Resident, rare, local, no recent sightings from VC72 which has the only inland record. Mainly restricted to rocky coasts especially in south-west England and Wales with patchy records from inland heaths. In Scotland sparse coastal records from the west, more on the east. Was historically more widespread.



Recording method

Easily disturbed from bare ground and rocky crevices during the day, comes to light.

Life cycle

One generation. Overwinters as a small larva near the bottom of the foodplant during September to late May. Pupates among plant debris or in the earth.

Larval foodplants

Larvae feed on Sea Campion, Thrift, Common Rockrose and other herbaceous plants.


In Dumfries & Galloway, this species is mainly found on rocky coasts.


First recorded for Dumfries and Galloway in 1870 for VC73 in Colvend parish by White, in 1819 for VC74 near Monreith by Morton, and in 1943 for VC72 at Tynron by Duncan.

55 record(s) from 20 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2019 2020 1976

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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