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73.295 (BF2195)


Mythimna vitellina
Adult: 2
Migrant. Rare.


The three wavy cross-lines on a yellowish or pale orange background help distinguish from the wainscots.

Recording Method.

Attracted to light, also comes to sugar and flowers.

Life cycle

It is unknown whether it can overwinter in the region.

Larval foodplants

Larvae feed on various grasses.


Mainly grassy coastal areas, but can occur inland.


The first three records were all caught at Kirkton (VC72), the first in mid-August 1992, while the other two were in late September and early October, 2006.

There must have been a rush in 2006 of the Delicate as one was recorded at Forest Moor, Wigtownshire, while others occurred in Kirkcudbrightshire at Auchencairn, Slack Heugh Bay and New Abbey, all in the autumn.

12 record(s) from 6 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2006 2006 2022

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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