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35.039 (BF788)

Polished Groundling   

Bryotropha politella
Adult: 2
Resident. Rare.

Recording method

Flies early in the morning.  Can be disturbed from tree trunks.  Comes to light.

Life cycle

Larvae April-May in a silken tube amongst moss between grass.  Adults June-August.

Larval foodplants

Associated with mosses Rhytidiadelphus squarrosus and a Schistidium species, also a grass (probably a Poa species).


The first for Dumfries & Galloway was netted at Lochaber Loch in Mabie Forest, Kirkcudbrightshire, on 21st June 1996, and determined by dissection, while the first for Dumfriesshire, was found at the Grey Mare’s Tail NTS,on 12th July 2003.

25 record(s) from 12 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2014 2022

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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