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35.129 (BF828)

Campion Groundling   

Caryocolum viscariella
Adult: 4
Resident. Local.

Recording method

Can be swept from the foodplant by day.  Comes to light.

Life cycle

Larvae feed in spun leaves on the central shoot, leaving a characteristic mass of black frass.  The larvae then bore into the central stem creating a swelling.  Adults fly June-August.

Larval foodplants

Red Campion; less often White Campion or Sticky Catchfly.


The first for Dumfries & Galloway was found at an unknown site in Kirkcudbrightshire by a person unknown prior to 2001, while the first for Wigtownshire came to MV light on 2nd August 2012 in Dunskey Glen and was determined by genitalia.

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

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2012 2021

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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