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21.005 (BF256)

Broom Bent-wing   

Leucoptera spartifoliella
Adult: 2
Leaf Mine: L
Resident. Local.

Recording method

Readily disturbed from the foodplant by day.  Flies at dusk.

Life cycle

Larvae present September-May, mining the bark by starting upwards towards the tip.

Larval foodplants

Broom or Dyer’s Greenweed.


The first for Dumfries & Galloway was found at Castlehill in Kirkmahoe parish, Dumfriesshire, on 2nd July 1981 by Sir Arthur Duncan, specimen at National Museums Scotland, while the first for Kirkcudbrightshire was found near Dalry on 3rd August 1993, with the Wigtownshire first being found at an unknown site by a person unknown prior to 1996 (BRC/MOGBI data).

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

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2015 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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