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32.036 (BF672)

Parsnip Moth   

Depressaria radiella
Adult: 2
Resident. Local.


This species is larger than the similar looking D. daucella and also has a series of blackish dots along the termen.

Recording method

Comes to light.  Occasionally disturbed by day.

Life cycle

Larvae present June-July.  Adults July-June.

Larval foodplants

Hogweed, Parsnip, Fool’s-water-cress.


The first for Dumfries & Galloway was found at Killantringan Lighthouse, Wigtownshire, on 30th September 1913 by D. A. Mowat the keeper, while the first for Kirkcudbrightshire was found at Portling on 26th August 1976 by Sir Arthur Duncan, specimen at National Museums Scotland, with the Dumfriesshire first being of larvae found at Kirkpatrick Fleming on 18th July 1996 by E. C. Pelham-Clinton.

104 record(s) from 30 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2017 2021 2022

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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