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70.101 (BF1775)

Mottled Grey   

Colostygia multistrigaria
Adult: 2
Resident, common, widespread. Widespread in northern and western Britain. Has shown some decline in distribution since 1970.



Recording method

Flies from dusk, comes to light in small numbers.

Life cycle

One generation. Overwinters as a pupa. Larvae are present May to June.

Larval foodplants

Heath Bedstraw, Lady’s Bedstraw and Cleavers.


Moorland, heathland and woodland rides.


First recorded for Dumfries and Galloway in 1897 for VC74 at Corsemalzie  by Gordon who found it ‘abundant among bracken at light’ and ‘ swarming in Kennel Wood’, in 1930 for VC72 at Closeburn by Duncan and in 1942 for VC73 near Gatehouse of Fleet by Russell.

527 record(s) from 44 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2013 2022 2022
70.101 Mottled Grey
70.101 Mottled Grey

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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