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70.041 (BF1734)

July Belle   

Scotopteryx luridata
Adult: 2
Resident, scarce, widespread. Found in western England and Wales but scattered elsewhere. In Scotland it is mainly in the north-east but scattered elsewhere. Has shown a significant decrease in distribution particularly in southern England.

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The position of the discal spot on the forewing is the key. However, due to the difficulty of separating this species from Lead Belle a voucher specimen or good quality photo is required for record acceptance.

Life cycle

One generation. It overwinters as a larva, during September to May, pupating in a cocoon in plant debris.

Larval foodplant

The larval foodplants are Dyer’s Greenweed, Broom and Gorse, from which it may be disturbed during the day.


Open, scrubby habitats on heathland, moorland and the coast.


First recorded in Dumfries and Galloway in 1862 in VC72 near The Craigs, Dumfries by Lennon.  The first record for VC73 was in 1874 at Castle Douglas by Robinson-Douglas who noted that it was ‘fairly common’.  First recorded in VC74 in 1899 near Monreith by Morton who regarded it as ‘common’.

122 record(s) from 30 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2022 2022 2019

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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