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49.009 (BF1007)

Common Twist   

Capua vulgana
Adult: 2
Resident. Local.

Recording method

Comes to light. By day, rests low down on tree-trunks.

Life cycle

Larvae: July-September or July-April, feeding on the leaves.  Adults: April-July.

Larval foodplants

Common Alder, whitebeam species, Hornbeam and Vaccinium species (Blaeberry, Cowberry, Cranberry).  Probably also Hazel and other plants.


The first for Dumfries & Galloway was published in Stephens (1834) with the Rev. William Little recording it at “Loch” (VC72), which is believed to be Lochwood Moss nearby to Raehills, Dumfriesshire, where he resided. The first for Kirkcudbrightshire was found at Kirkconnell on 4th July 1977 by Sir Arthur Duncan, specimen at National Museums Scotland, with the first for Wigtownshire coming twenty-two years later when E. F. Hancock recorded it at The Forest in June, 1989.

37 record(s) from 16 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2019 2022 2022
49.009 Capua Vulgana
49.009 Capua Vulgana

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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