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70.226 (BF1906)

Brimstone Moth   

Opisthograptis luteolata
Adult: 1
Resident, very common, widespread.



Recording method

Readily comes to light.

Life cycle

The extended flight period probably includes two or three generations of the year. They overwinter as part-grown larvae or as pupae in cocoons on the foodplant. The first adults that occur during May and June result from the overwintering pupae, while the later generations, that are smaller, are from the larvae that have overwintered that resume feeding in the spring.

Larval foodplants

Larvae feed mainly on Blackthorn and Hawthorn.


Scrub, hedgerows and gardens.


First recorded for Dumfries and Galloway in 1899 for VC74 at Corsemalzie by Gordon who found it ‘very common and generally distributed in Wigtownshire, flying along hedge sides and near woods’, in 1930 for VC73 at Laurieston Hall by Stamp and in 1932 for VC72 at Closeburn by Duncan.

2888 record(s) from 69 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2022 2022 2022

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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