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73.068 (BF2245)

Green-brindled Crescent   

Allophyes oxyacanthae
Adult: 1
Resident. Common.


Unmistakable. In f. capucina the forewing is dark brown and lacks the green scales.

Recording Method.

Attracted to light, also comes to sugar. Can be found after dark on ivy flowers and blackberries.

Life cycle

One generation. Overwinters as an egg. Larvae present April to June with pupation several weeks later underground in a cocoon.

Larval Foodplants

Crab Apple, Plum, Blackthorn, Hawthorn, cotoneasters and Rowan.


Gardens, scrub, hedgerows and broadleaved woodland.


Lennon (1863) had stated it was common everywhere in his ‘List of Lepidoptera taken near Dumfries.’ Gordon (1913) had found it common at sugar at Corsemalzie, Wigtownshire. Earliest date was 17th September 1910. Sir Arthur Duncan (1909-84) during his lifetime had found it at Closeburn, Tynron and Castlehill, Dumfries (all VC72). Archibald Russell (1944) listed it as occurring near Gatehouse of Fleet (VC73) during the years 1942-43.

During 1974-93 the seven Rothamsted stations recorded well over 200 records. From 1992 to 2010 the regular trapped sites at Kirkton and Durisdeer (VC72), Cally Woods, Mersehead RSPB and Old Torr (VC73) and Forest Moor (VC74) contributed most of the 300 records, with a small number of records from a scattering of sites across VCs 72 and 73.

1004 record(s) from 48 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2022 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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