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63.122 (BF1330)

Scarce Water-veneer   

Donacaula mucronella
Resident. Local.


A sexually dimorphic species, females are larger and have a more pointed forewing than males. Both sexes have a prominent pale costal stripe that extends to the wing apex.

Recording method

Attracted to light.

Flight period


Larval foodplants

Reeds and sedges, most commonly Common Reed (Phragmites australis) and Greater Pond-sedge (Carex riparia).


Reedbeds and marshes.


The first for Dumfries & Galloway was found in Colvend parish, Kirkcudbrightshire, during July 1871 by Francis Buchanan White, while the first for Wigtownshire was found at Torrs Warren on 17th June 1984 by Sir Arthur Duncan, specimen at National Museums Scotland, with the Dumfriesshire first being found at Kirkton on 24th June 1996.

36 record(s) from 18 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2012 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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