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70.288 (BF1945)

Brussels Lace   

Cleorodes lichenaria
Adult: 2
Resident, uncommon, widespread. Found in the south=west of England and west Wales. In Scotland in the extreme south, scattered records north of the Central Belt including the Great Glen.


The fine, jagged and irregular outer cross-line on the forewing and hindwing, which is speckled with green and black should distinguish it.

Recording method

Comes to light.

Life cycle

One generation. Overwinters as a larva from late August to end of May. Pupations takes place in a cocoon among lichens.

Larval foodplants

Larvae feed on lichens.


Scrub. Also woodland and rocky coasts.


First recorded for Dumfries and Galloway in 1860 for VC72 near Dumfries by Lennon, in 1899 for VC74 at Monreith Park by Morton but not until 1974 for VC73 in the Gatehouse of Fleet Rothamsted moth trap.

359 record(s) from 36 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2018 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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