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62.075 (BF1413)

Gold Triangle   

Hypsopygia costalis
Adult: 1
Resident. Local.


A distinctivly marked moth that has two distinctive resting postures. One triangular shape with the hindwings hidden behind the forwings. The second has all four wings splayed out with the abdomen tilted upward.

Recording method

Attracted to light. Recorded from sugar lures.

Flight period

Doubled brooded. April-November.

Larval food

Dried vegetable matter most commonly hay and straw.


A wide range of habitats.


The first for Dumfries & Galloway was found at Glencaple on 12th August 1995, while the first for Kirkcudbrightshire was found at Dalbeattie on 7th August 2003, with the Wigtownshire first being found at Airyolland Lodge on Luce Bay on 8th July 2011.

29 record(s) from 8 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2011 2011 2019

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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