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29.001 (BF663)

March Tubic   

Diurnea fagella
Adult: 1
Resident. Common.

Recording method

Comes to light.  Males rest by day on tree-trunks.  Females have reduced wings and may sometimes be found low down on trunks at nightfall.

Life cycle

Larvae present May-October, usually feeding between spun flat leaves.  Adults fly March-May.

Larval foodplants

A wide variety of shrubs and deciduous trees, particularly oak species.


The first for Dumfries & Galloway was found at Malice in Dumfries on 14th April 1876 by Robert Service, while the first for Kirkcudbrightshire was found at Auchenfad on 13th April 1980 by Sir Arthur Duncan, specimen at National Museums Scotland, with the Wigtownshire first being found at Glenstockadale on 13th March 2012.

107 record(s) from 26 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2012 2022 2022
29.001 Diurnea Fagella
29.001 Diurnea Fagella
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 UK Moths website - further information on species (with photos)

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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