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73.061 (BF2394)


Stilbia anomala
Adult: 1
Resident. Common.



Recording Method.

Male attracted to light, female less so.

Life cycle

One generation. Overwinters as a larva during October to April. Pupates in a cocoon underground after a period of being dormant.

Larval foodplants

Larvae feed on Tufted and Wavy Hair Grass.


Grassland and heathland.


Buchanan White of Perth (1895) listed it as occurring in Colvend parish (VC73). Gordon (1913) stated it was local and not uncommon, finding it on White Dyke Low Moor, Corsemalzie, on 9th August 1906. W. S. Brocklehurst informed Gordon that he had taken several at light at Park Place, Glenluce, Wigtownshire in August 1910.

Archibald Russell (1944) listed it as occurring near Gatehouse of Fleet (VC73) during the years 1942-43. Next was a 1964 record in VC73, followed by RIS data from 1974-93 of 30 records.

From 1995-2010 under five records were recorded annually, except 2002, 2008 and 2009 when there were none, proving what a scarce species this is.

90 record(s) from 33 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2016 2022 2020

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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