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35.042 (BF783)

Mountain Groundling   

Bryotropha boreella
Adult: 4
Resident. Rare.

Recording method

Comes to light.  Male flies in morning sun.  Can be disturbed during the day in mild weather.  Sometimes rests on tree-trunks.

Life cycle

Larvae present till April in a silken tube (it is not known when larvae start to appear).  Adults June-August.

Larval foodplants

Various mosses.


The first for Dumfries & Galloway was found at Kettleton, Dumfriesshire, on 13th July 1977 by Sir Arthur Duncan, specimen at National Museums Scotland.

5 record(s) from 5 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2017

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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