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73.187 (BF2266)

Brown-spot Pinion   

Anchoscelis litura
Adult: 2
Resident. Scarce.


Diagnostic features are the short diagonal black dash near the apex of the forewing, dark marks along the costa and a partial black cross-line at the wing base.

Recording Method.

Attracted to light, also comes to sugar and flowers.

Life cycle

One generation. Overwinters as an egg. Larvae present during April to early June, feeding at night. Pupation is about six weeks later in an underground cocoon.

Larval foodplants

Larval foodplants include several herbaceous and woody plants.


Wide range of habitats including woodland, parkland, scrub, hedgerows and fens.


Lennon (1863) stated it to be common in moist places. Gordon (1913) states that one was taken on a window at Alticry House, Wigtownshire, by Mrs. Bonner on 25th August 1909. Additional to MOGBI for VC74. Sir Arthur Duncan (1909-84) during his lifetime had found it at Closeburn, Tynron and Castlehill, Dumfries (all VC72).

During 1976-82 Waterside Mains at Keir, produced many records, Mabie Forest 1985-89 added a few records, this being the only Rothamsted data. Kirkton (VC72) recorded many records during 1992-2010, with Mersehead RSPB also adding many records in the same period.

500 record(s) from 20 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 1909 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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