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48.001 (BF385)

Common Nettle-tap   

Anthophila fabriciana
Adult: 1
Resident. Common.

Recording method

Flies in sunshine.

Life cycle

Larvae: June-July, August-May.  Adults:April-July, August-November.

Larval foodplants

Common Nettle, Small Nettle, Pellitory-of-the-wall.


The first for Dumfries & Galloway was published in Stephens (1834) with the Rev. William Little recording it at Raehills, Dumfriesshire, while the first for Wigtownshire was of larvae found on nettle on 25th April 1954 at Torrs Warren by E. C. Pelham-Clinton, with the Kirkcudbrightshire first being found at Portling on 6th September 1978 by Sir Arthur Duncan, specimen at National Museums Scotland.

430 record(s) from 57 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2022 2022 2022
48.001 Anthophila Fabriciana
48.001 Anthophila Fabriciana
48.001 Anthophila Fabriciana48.001 Anthophila Fabriciana

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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