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35.056 (BF724)

Burdock Neb   

Metzneria lappella
Adult: 2
Resident. Rare.


A sandy brown forewing with varying darker mottling especially at the tornal end. There are dots at one third, about halfway, and just beyond, but these vary in intensity and can be absent.

Recording method

Comes to light.  Rests amongst leaves of the foodplant.

Life cycle

Larvae: August-April in the seeds, overwintering in a chamber in the seed-head.  Adults: June-August

Larval Foodplants

Burdock species.


The first for Dumfries & Galloway was of Burdock seedheads collected at Philip and Mary, Wigtownshire, on 27th April 2011 and bred-on, emerging late May. No records from Dumfriesshire or Kirkcudbrightshire.

2 record(s) from 2 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2011 2022

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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