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70.090 (BF1755)


Eulithis testata
Adult: 1
Resident, common, widespread. Widespread across Britain. Decreased significantly in abundance and distribution since 1970.


The chevron shaped central cross band gives the moth a distinctive feature. Females are smaller and darker.

Recording method

Male flies at dusk, comes to light.

Life cycle

One generation. Overwinters as an egg on the foodplant. Larvae appear during May and June, with pupation taking place between spun leaves on the foodplant.

Larval foodplants

Larvae feed on willows, Aspen and probably other woody plants.


Upland moorland and scrub, but also some lowland habitats.


First recorded for Dumfries and Galloway in 1862 for VC72 at the Crichton Institution, Dumfries by Lennon who found it ‘common’,  1870 for VC73 at Colvend parish by Duncan and in 1898 for VC74 at Corsemalzie by Gordon.

402 record(s) from 53 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2021 2022 2022
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 UK Moths website - further information on species (with photos)

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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