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70.130 (BF1870)

Chimney Sweeper   

Odezia atrata
Adult: 1
Resident, common, widespread. Most widespread in northern Britain associated with the foodplant Pig-nut.


Unmistakable day-flying geometrid being all black with white tips at the apex of the wings.

Recording method

Only flies by day, usually in sunshine.

Life cycle

One generation. Overwinters as an egg. Larvae are present during April to early June, with pupation taking place just below the surface.

Larval foodplants

Larvae feed on the flowers and seeds of Pignut.


Meadows, especially neutral grassland where Pignut is common.


First recorded for Dumfries and Galloway in 1820 for VC72 at Raehills by Little, in 1862 for VC73 at Glen Mills by Lennon and in 1899 for VC74 near Monreith by Morton who later stated that it ‘was widely distributed and locally abundant in meadows and among bracken on the moors during June’.

866 record(s) from 73 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2022 2022 2022
70.130 Chimney Sweeper
70.130 Chimney Sweeper
70.130 Chimney Sweeper70.130 Chimney Sweeper

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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