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35.096 (BF790)

Downland Groundling   

Chionodes fumatella
Adult: 4
Resident. Rare.

Recording method

Flies by day low over sandy areas or among marram grass.  Comes to light.

Life cycle

Larvae feed in May in a sand-covered silken tube attached to the underside of moss (occasionally on upper side).  Adults June-September.

Larval foodplants

Various mosses (Barbula convoluta or Brachythecium albicans).


The first for Dumfries & Galloway was found on Auchencairn Bay, Kirkcudbrightshire, on 29th July 2004.

1 record(s) from 1 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2004
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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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