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49.048 (BF1031)

Large Mottled Shade   

Eana penziana
Adult: 2
Resident. Local.

Recording method

Both variants come to light.


Two variations occur:  Eana penziana colquhounana and Eana penziana penziana f. bellana.  Subspecies colquhounana has duller markings and is found on the coast.  Bellana is paler with more contrasting markings and is found inland (per “A Field Guide to the Micro Moths of GB & I” this form may now be extinct in the UK).

Life cycle

Larvae: colquhounana August-July, bellana July-June.  Adults: colquhounana  May-September, bellana June-July.

Larval foodplants

Colquhounana feeds on Sea Plantain and Thrift, less frequently on Bird’s-foot-trefoil species.  Bellana feeds on Sheep’s Fescue and Common Rock-rose


The first for Dumfries & Galloway was found in Colvend parish, Kirkcudbrightshire, during July 1871 by Francis Buchanan White, while the first for Dumfriesshire was found at Tynron on 15th July 1943 by Sir Arthur Duncan, specimen at National Museums Scotland, with the Wigtownshire first being found at Portpatrick on 25th August 1990.

21 record(s) from 11 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2013 2019 1943

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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