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45.028 (BF1494)

Wood Sage Plume   

Capperia britanniodactylus
Adult: 2
Resident. Local.

Recording method

Comes to light.

Life cycle

Larvae: August-June.  Adults: June-August.  The larva initially feeds inside a flower, sealing the entrance and overwintering within.  In spring it feeds inside the tip of a new shoot and later on leaves, making distinct holes.  Finally it chews halfway through a stem, causing the upper part of the plant to wither. and feeds on the tip of the withered part.

Larval foodplants

Wood Sage.


The first for Dumfries & Galloway was found at Tynron, Dumfriesshire, on 1st July 1944 by Sir Arthur Duncan, while the first for Kirkcudbrightshire was found at Portling, on 1st July 1976 again by Duncan, both specimens at National Museums Scotland, with the Wigtownshire first being found at Port Kale on 5th July 1985.

21 record(s) from 7 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 1985 2015 2021

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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