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49.325 (BF1255)

Grey Gorse Piercer   

Cydia ulicetana
Adult: 1
Resident. Common.

Recording method

Occasionally comes to light.

Life cycle

Larvae: April-June in a spun terminal shoot.  Adults: July.

Larval foodplants

Gorse species, Broom, Petty Whin, Dyer’s Greenweed, Bird’s-foot-trefoil species.


The first for Dumfries & Galloway was found at Abbey Burn Foot, Kirkcudbrightshire, on 30th May 1965 by E. C. Pelham-Clinton, while the first for Dumfriesshire was found at Caerlaverock on 30th May 1980, with the Wigtownshire first being found at Torrs on 15th April 1982, both by Sir Arthur Duncan, with both specimens at National Museums Scotland.

119 record(s) from 32 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2022 2022 2021

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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