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73.352 (BF2138)

Green Arches   

Anaplectoides prasina
Adult: 1
Resident. Common.



Recording Method.

Attracted to light, also comes to sugar.

Life cycle

One generation. Overwinters as a larva during August to May, with pupation underground.

Larval foodplants

Bramble, Bilberry, Honeysuckle and docks to name a few herbaceous plants.


Broadleaved woodland.


Lennon (1863) had stated that it was not common, but that it had occurred near Terregles (VC72). Gordon (1913) had found the Green Arches common at sugar in the woods around Corsemalzie, Wigtownshire. Another was found at rhododendron blossom on 25th June 1905. He also captured some larvae at Corsemalzie after dark on alder, which he bred on producing a fine series. Earliest date was 22nd June 1906.

Sir Arthur Duncan (1909-84) during his lifetime had found it at Closeburn, Tynron and Castlehill, Dumfries (all VC72).

During 1974-88 five of the seven Rothamsted station produced fifty records, Caerlaverock and Newton Stewart being the sites not recording it. In the early 1980s eighteen records came from the Hensol Estate/Laurieston area.

From 1992 to 2010 with more regular trapping it was found to be widespread across the region.

371 record(s) from 44 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2014 2022 2022

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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