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15.017 (BF296)

Little Slender   

Calybites phasianipennella
Adult: 2
Leaf Mine: L
Resident. Rare.

Life cycle

Larvae present May-July, August-September.  Initially a gallery mine which leads to a blotch; later in a conical roll made from a strip partially cut from the edge of the leaf.  Adults present June-August, October-May.

Larval foodplants

Water-pepper, Redshank, Common Sorrel, Sheep’s Sorrel, Water Dock , Yellow Loosestrife.


The first for Dumfries & Galloway was found at Kirkconnell, Kirkcudbrightshire, on 13th October 1977 by Sir Arthur Duncan, specimen at National Museums Scotland, while the first for Dumfriesshire was found at Kirkton on 3rd August 2011.

4 record(s) from 4 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2018 2021

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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