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73.121 (BF2364)

Frosted Orange   

Gortyna flavago
Adult: 1
Resident. Common.


The greyish-brown forewing with a bright golden-yellow wide band across it is diagnostic.

Recording Method.

Attracted to light.

Life cycle

One generation. Overwinters as an egg. larvae are present April to August, feeding inside the stem of its foodplant, pupating there as well.

Larval foodplants

Burdocks, Foxglove and thistles.


A wide variety, including woodland rides, rough grassland, fens and marshes.


Lennon (1863) stated that it was not common, but that it had occurred at Kirkconnell (VC73). Sir Arthur Duncan (1909-84) during his lifetime had found it at Closeburn (VC72).

During 1974-92 there were nearly 100 records from all seven of the Rothamsted stations in varying numbers of records at each site. Then, from 1992 to 2010 it was mostly recorded from the regular trapped sites at Kirkton and Durisdeer (VC72), Carsfad near Dalry and Cally Woods (VC73), with a widespread number of sites across the region also contributing.

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

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2022 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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