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35.041 (BF786)

Desert Groundling   

Bryotropha desertella
Adult: 4
Resident. Local.

Recording method

Can be disturbed from mossy sandhill vegetation.  Comes to light.

Life cycle

Larvae present October-March.  Feeds in an upright, whitish tube incorporating a few sand grains.  Adults: May-August.

Larval foodplants

Various mosses.


Extensive coastal sand-dunes.


The first for Dumfries & Galloway was found at Galloway Farm, near Alton, Wigtownshire, on 6th August 2008.

1 record(s) from 1 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2008
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 UK Moths website - further information on species (with photos)

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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