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49.233 (BF1156)

Variable Bell   

Epinotia solandriana
Adult: 2
Resident. Local.

Recording method

Comes to light and, occasionally, sugar.

Life cycle

Larvae May-June in a leaf rolled lengthways.  Adults: July-September.

Larval foodplants

Birch species, Hazel, Goat Willow, occasionally rose species.


The first for Dumfries & Galloway was published in Stephens (1834) with the Rev. William Little recording it at “Loch” (VC72), which is believed to be Lochwood Moss nearby to Raehills, Dumfriesshire, where he resided, while the first for Kirkcudbrightshire was found at Kirkconnell on 25th July 1977 by Sir Arthur Duncan, specimen at National Museums Scotland, with the Wigtownshire first being found at Carsegowan Moss on 9th August 1997 during a ‘Grey Daggers’ Moth Group field meeting.

12 record(s) from 9 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 1997 1996 2018
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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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