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70.047 (BF1720)


Nycterosea obstipata
Adult: 2
Migrant, rare, widespread. Commonest in southern England but scattered records throughout Britain with occasional records from most parts of Scotland. Varies in numbers from year to year.


Unmistakable. Males are pale brown with a dark central band, whereas the females are of a deeper reddish-brown, with a white-ringed spot in the dark cross-band.

Life cycle

Unable to overwinter.

Larval foodplants

Unknown in the wild.


Warm, sunny sites, including gardens.


First recorded for Dumfries and Galloway in 1975 for VC74 near Stranraer by Revell, for VC72 also in 1975 at Caerlaverock by Colley and for VC73 at Mersehead by Peter Norman.

19 record(s) from 7 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 1975 2022 2022
70.047 Gem
70.047 Gem
70.047 Gem

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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