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73.165 (BF2329)


Apamea furva
Adult: 2
Resident. Scarce.


Care needed in separating from Dusky Brocade. The dull, mousy-brown forewing with a tuft of scales near the base of the trailing edge are key features.

Recording Method.

Attracted to light, also comes to sugar.

Life cycle

One generation. Overwinters as a larva underground during September to June. During the day the larva hides underground, with pupation taking place in the soil without a cocoon.

Larval foodplants

Larvae feed on the roots and stems of various grasses, including Rough Meadow Grass and Wood Meadow Grass.




Buchanan White of Perth (1895) listed it as occurring in Colvend and Southwick parishes (VC73). K. J. Morton of Edinburgh (1900) whilst on a visit in July 1899 to Wigtownshire had found this species in the Monreith area. Gordon (1913) found it not uncommon at sugar; he also recorded it at dusk in the meadows around Corsemalzie during late June. Earliest date was 18th June 1906. Additional to MOGBI for VC74. Duncan & Cunningham (1952) gave a general statement of its presence around Dumfries.

In 1977 the Bridge of Dee Rothamsted station recorded a series of records in the latter half of June through July, likewise, Mabie Forest had a series in 1987; these being the only RIS data.

From 1988 to 2010 there are records from 17 widespread sites, from Carrifran (VC72) in the far east to Port Kale (VC74) in the west, proving it is very thinly scattered over a wide area.

39 record(s) from 19 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2017 2018 2019

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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