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70.093 (BF1758)

Barred Straw   

Gandaritis pyraliata
Adult: 1
Resident, very common, widespread. Widespread in England and Wales and most of Scotland where it is still spreading.


Unusual resting posture should aid identification.

Recording method

Flies from dusk, comes to light.

Life cycle

One generation. Overwinters as an egg. Larvae appear mid-April to mid-June. Pupation taking place among plant debris.

Larval foodplants

Larvae feed on Cleavers and other bedstraws.


Adults are found in a wide range of habitats including gardens, farmland, grassland and open woodland.


First recorded for Dumfries and Galloway for VC72 at Raehills, St’Ann’s by Little, in 1870 for VC73 in Colvend parish by White and in 1912 for VC74 at Polbae by Gordon who noted that it ‘occurs not uncommonly in the north of the county’.

1870 record(s) from 70 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2022 2022 2022
70.093 Barred Straw
70.093 Barred Straw
70.093 Barred Straw70.093 Barred Straw

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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