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49.043 (BF1026)

Autumnal Shade   

Exapate congelatella
Adult: 1
Resident. Local.

Recording method

Male comes to light.

Life cycle

Larvae: May-July in spun shoots.  Adults: October-December.

Larval foodplants

On hills and moorland: Heather, Bell Heather, Bog Myrtle, Vaccinium species (Blaeberry, Cowberry, Cranberry), Potentilla species (Tormentil, cinquefoils, Silverweed).  In lowland areas: hawthorn species, privet species.


The first for Dumfries & Galloway was found at Black Loch, near Ae, Dumfriesshire, on 16th October 1977 by Sir Arthur Duncan, specimen at National Museums Scotland.

12 record(s) from 6 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2020 2018

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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