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73.084 (BF2293)

Marbled Beauty   

Bryophila domestica
Adult: 2
Resident. Scarce.


The grey cross-band edged with a dark line basally which runs completely from the costa to the dorsum will aid identification.

Recording Method.

Attracted to light, also comes to sugar and flowers.

Life cycle

One generation. Overwinters as a small larva during September to May, feeding at night and hiding by day in a silken retreat, from where it pupates.

Larval foodplants

Lichens growing on trees, rocks and walls.


Found in wide range of habitats, wherever its lichen foodplants grow on rocks and walls.


Lennon (1863) was the first to record it after finding it at the Crichton Institution where he worked. Gordon (1913) recorded one taken on the window of the Galloway Arms Hotel in Newton Stewart on 2nd August 1905. Archibald Russell (1944) listed it as occurring near Gatehouse of Fleet (VC73) during the years 1942-43. Sir Arthur Duncan (1909-84) during his lifetime had found it at Tynron and Castlehill, Dumfries (all VC72). Cunningham (1947) in the Transactions had two records both at light in Dumfries, one in late September 1946, the other late July 1947.

During 1974-80 there were four records from the Gatehouse of Fleet Rothamsted station, a single from Caerlaverock and nine from the Newton Stewart station. A poor return. In 1978 and 1980 it was located in the Lockerbie area.

The next records were in 1994 from the regular trapped site at Kirkton until 2010, amounting to twenty records. Of the nearly thirty records left, these were trapped at widely scattered sites across the region.

217 record(s) from 27 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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