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73.279 (BF2164)

Broad-barred White   

Hecatera bicolorata
Adult: 1
Resident. Scarce.


Very distinctive.

Recording Method.

Attracted to light, also comes to flowers.

Life cycle

Probablye two generations, one late May to early July and a second in August. It overwinters as a pupa just below the surface. Larvae are present July to late September, feeding day and night, often leaving themselves exposed on leaves in good weather.

Larval foodplants

Larvae feed on hawkweeds, hawk’s-beards, sow thistles and related plants.


Coastal dunes and shingle with vegetation, rough grassland and occasionally gardens.


First record came from Irvine House Lodge, Auchenrivock (VC72), 16th June 1974. Followed by the only Rothamsted record, which was at the Bridge of Dee (VC73) site and was caught on 10th June 1976.

Most of our records are from Kirkton between 1993-2002. Other sites are Carsfad, near Dalry, and Lochfoot (both VC73) and the only Wigtonshire record was trapped at Monreith on 31st July 2005.

40 record(s) from 12 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2005 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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