skip to Main Content

73.014 (BF2437)

Golden Plusia   

Polychrysia moneta
Adult: 3
Resident. Rare.



Recording Method.

Attracted to light.

Life cycle

One generation. Overwinters as a tiny larva during August to June, with pupation in a yellow cocoon which is attached under a leaf of the foodplant.

Larval foodplants

Cultivated Delphiniums and Larkspur.


Mainly parks and gardens.


The first records were from Sir Arthur Duncan who had found it at Closeburn during 1932, 1940, a single in 1970, then in Tynron (VC72) in 1955, all specimens now at National Museums Scotland. The one from 1932 was found on 20th October, proving a second generation had occurred this far north. At this period in time it was widespread across Britain, but has since declined in the north.

Regular trapping at Kirkton finally paid off when one was trapped on 18th July 1996.

16 record(s) from 3 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 1996

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

Back To Top