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73.222 (BF2314)

Dingy Shears   

Apterogenum ypsillon
Adult: 2
Resident. Rare.


The soft greyish-brown forewing with black blotches between the kidney-mark and oval, the tooth-like mark in the centre of the forewing, which has a gently curved costa should aid identification.

Recording Method.

Attracted to light, also comes to sugar.

Life cycle

One generation. Overwinters as an egg. Larvae are present April to early June, with pupation in a cocoon on the soil surface or under bark.

Larval foodplants

Larvae feed on Willows, Sallows and Poplars.


Wet woodland, marshes, fens and riverbanks.


First record occurred in the late 1970s at Springfield, Gretna (BRC data). During 1994-2010, seven were trapped at Kirkton, Dumfriesshire.

15 record(s) from 7 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2021 2021

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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