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73.224 (BF2247)

Merveille du Jour   

Griposia aprilina
Adult: 1
Resident. Local.

See also Moth of the Week (21/09/2019)



Recording Method.

Attracted to light, also comes to sugar and flowers.

Life cycle

One generation. Overwinters as an egg. Larvae are present April to June, with pupation several weeks later from the base of a tree.

Larval foodplants

Pedunculate Oak.


Broadleaved woodland, hedgerows and parkland.

History 1860-2010

The earliest notification of this species is published in Stephens (1829) with the Rev. William Little recording it at Raehills (VC72).

Gordon (1913) stated he sometimes found it common at sugar at Corsemalzie (VC74) during September.

Sir Arthur Duncan (1909-84) during his lifetime had found it at Closeburn, Tynron and Castlehill, Dumfries (all VC72).

During 1974-89 there were thirteen records from five of the Rothamsted stations, Newton Stewart and Caerlaverock not recording it. From 1993 to 2010, the regular trapped sites at Kirkton, Durisdeer (VC72), Cally Woods, Carsfad at Dalry and Old Torr (VC73) and Forest Moor (VC74) recorded most of the sixty records, with a handful from other widespread sites.

290 record(s) from 36 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2019 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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