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35.101 (BF802a)

Dark-striped Groundling   

Gelechia sororculella
Adult: 2
Resident. Local.

Recording method

Rests on tree trunks.  Can be disturbed from bushes; flies from dusk and comes to light.

Life cycle

Larvae feed May-June either a) in a spinning amongst the shoots or leaves; or b) in a fold on the edge of a leaf; or c) in female catkins.  Adults June-August.

Larval foodplants

Willows, most frequently Goat Willow or Grey Willow.


The first for Dumfries & Galloway was found at Kenmure Holms, Kirkcudbrightshire, on 22nd June 1996 during a Scottish Entomologists’ gathering, while the first for Dumfriesshire was found at Castle Loch LNR, Lochmaben, on 13th August 1997.

10 record(s) from 10 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2021 2020

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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