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63.074 (BF1344)

Small Grey   

Eudonia mercurella
Adult: 2
Resident. Common.


Variable but usually recognisable by its generally dark appearance with a broad darker band along the distal edge of the pale antemedian line. The pale postmedian line is usually distinct against the dark ground colour.

Recording method

Attracted to light. Often disturbed in the field.

Flight period


Larval foodplants



Many habitats.


The first for Dumfries & Galloway was found at Castlehill in Kirkmahoe parish, Dumfriesshire, on 25th September 1970 by Sir Arthur Duncan, specimen at National Museums Scotland, while the first for Wigtownshire was found at Portpatrick on 21st August 1990, with the Kirkcudbrightshire first being found at Bargaly Lodge on 9th June 1992.

312 record(s) from 51 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2019 2022 2022

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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