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70.196 (BF1865)


Chesias rufata
Adult: 2
Resident, scarce, local. Nationally Scarce. UK BAP Priority Species. A declining moth of heathland, moorland and open woodland restricted to far south east England and the Welsh Borders. In Scotland found in Dumfries and Galloway and scattered northwards to just beyond Inverness mainly in the east.


Compared with Streak, the large black comma-mark, which is part of a dark narrow central cross-band, coupled with a pale reddish-brown band beyond it is diagnostic.

Recording method

Adult can be found during the day on fence posts, at night on Broom and comes to light.

Life cycle

One generation. Overwinters as a pupa underground. Larvae appear during July to September.

Larval foodplants



Open woodland, scrub and other places where the larval foodplant of Broom occurs, though certainly not as widespread as its foodplant.


First recorded for Dumfries and Galloway in 1870 for VC73 at Colvend by White, in 1946 for VC72 in Dumfries by Cunningham.  It has not yet been recorded as far west as VC74.

106 record(s) from 16 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2022 2014

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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