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35.093 (BF792)

Gorse Groundling   

Mirificarma mulinella
Adult: 2
Resident. Local.

Recording Method

Can be disturbed from the foodplant and occasionally visits ragwort flowers.  Comes to light.

Life cycle

Larvae present April-May.  On Broom and Gorse, in a developing flower-bud, entering via a small hole.  On Tree Lupin it spins a leaflet into a pod.  Adults present July-September.

Larval foodplants

Broom, Gorse, occasionally Tree Lupin.


The first for Dumfries & Galloway was found near Dalry, Kirkcudbrightshire, on 14th August 1997, while the the first for Dumfriesshire was found at Kirkton during August 1998, with the Wigtownshire first being found at Changue Port on 1st September 2011.

47 record(s) from 15 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2021 2021 2022

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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