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70.032 (BF1677)

Birch Mocha   

Cyclophora albipunctata
Adult: 1
Resident, rare, local. Widespread in woodlands and heathland in south-eastern England and the northern half of Scotland. Scattered records in Cumbria. There has been an increase in its distribution since 1970.



Life cycle

One generation. Overwinters as a pupa on the leaf of birch. Larvae are present late July to late September.

Larval foodplants

Downy and Silver Birch.


Birch Mocha is a lover of heaths and bogs where birch grows.

History 1860-2010

The first record for Dumfries and Galloway was for VC73 in 1973 at Bridge of Dee, near Castle Douglas in the Rothamsted moth trap.   The first record for VC72 was in 1982 at the Barony College, Dumfries by Pelham-Clinton.

11 record(s) from 5 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2022 2021

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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