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19.005 (BF395)

Cotton-grass Fanner   

Glyphipterix haworthana
Adult: 2
Resident. Local.

Recording method

Seed-heads which are still visible in spring nearly always contain larvae or pupae.

Life cycle

Larvae present July-April, feeding on the seeds, spinning the seed-head to nearby vegetation before winter.  Adults fly May.

Larval foodplants

Cotton Grass species.


The first for Dumfries & Galloway was found at Kirkconnell, Kirkcudbrightshire, on 28th May 1977 by Sir Arthur Duncan, specimen at National Museums Scotland, while the first for Dumfriesshire was found at an unknown site by a person unknown prior to 1993 (SNH data).

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

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2022 1983 2014

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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