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70.222 (BF1902)

Brown Silver-line   

Petrophora chlorosata
Adult: 1
Resident, common, widespread. Widespread throughout Britain wherever its foodplant bracken grows. Distribution expanding in Scotland.



Life cycle

One generation. Overwinters as a pupa underground. Larvae present from mid-June to early September.

Recording method

Adult easily disturbed during the day from bracken, comes readily to light.

Larval foodplants



Common wherever there is Bracken, the larval foodplant.


First recorded for Dumfries and Galloway for VC73 in 1870 in Colvend parish by White who said it was the first Scottish locality, in 1899 for VC74 at Corsemalzie by Gordon who found it ‘abundant among bracken, with hundreds among there at dusk in Kennel Wood’, ‘also comes to light’, but not until 1944 for VC72 at Tynron by Duncan.

1502 record(s) from 67 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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