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73.207 (BF2233)

Golden-rod Brindle   

Xylena solidaginis
Adult: 1
Resident. Scarce.


The unusual shape, together with a large and conspicuous kidney-mark, the jagged outermost cross line complete with several long black arrowheads pointing inwards on cold-grey and whitish forewings, should aid identification.

Recording Method.

Attracted to light, also comes to sugar and flowers.

Life cycle

One generation. Overwinters as an egg. Larvae are present during late April to July and can be found resting on the foodplant. Pupation takes place in a cocoon under soil or moss.

Larval foodplants

Most moorland plants.


Upland scrub, open woodland and moorland.


Somerville (1858) while on a visit to the Moffat area (VC72) in August of that year had lured one to sugar. Gordon (1913) stated that it was not uncommon at sugar and heather blossom around Corsemalzie (VC74). W. S. Brocklehurst informed Gordon that he had had a number at sugar at Park Place, Glenluce. Earliest date was 14th August 1897. Archibald Russell (1944) while resident at Gatehouse of Fleet during 1942-43 had found it nearby.

In 1975 it was found at Murray’s birthplace and also at Moffat, with another in 1976 on the Raeburn Flow.

In 1993 it appeared in Dalbeattie Forest, then five were found on Durisdeer Rig in August and September, 1998. In early September 2005 one was trapped at Kirkconnell Flow NNR at a Grey Daggers Moth Group field meeting, while in early August 2010 one was found at Boreland (VC72).

18 record(s) from 12 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 1910 2022 2015

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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