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15.005 (BF283)

Red Birch Slender   

Caloptilia betulicola
Adult: 4
Leaf Mine: L
Resident. Local.

Recording method

Comes to light.

Life cycle

Larvae present May-July, August-September, first in a short gallery, then in a blotch mine, then rolling a leaf transversely downwards from the tip.  Adults June-August, September-May.

Larval foodplants

Birch species.


The first for Dumfries & Galloway was found at Kirkconnell Flow NNR, Kirkcudbrightshire, on 30th August 1978 by Sir Arthur Duncan, specimen at National Museums Scotland, while the first for Dumfriesshire was found at an unknown site by a person unknown prior to 1985 (BRC/MOGBI data), with the Wigtownshire first being found at Torrs Warren on 26th June 2005.

17 record(s) from 11 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2005 2019 2022

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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