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35.017 (BF797)

Heather Groundling   

Neofaculta ericetella
Adult: 2
Resident. Local.

Recording method

Readily disturbed by day.  Comes to light.

Life cycle

Larvae present August-February within lightly-spun leaves of Purple Moor-grass from which they venture out to feed on leaves and flowers of nearby heathers.  Adults fly April-August.

Larval foodplants

Heathers (Calluna, Erica species).


The first for Dumfries & Galloway was found at Kirkconnell, Kirkcudbrightshire, on 28th May 1977 by Sir Arthur Duncan, who also found the first for Dumfriesshire at Longbridge Muir on 25th June 1977, with the Wigtownshire first also being found by Duncan at Torrs on 15th May 1982, all three specimens at National Museums Scotland.

67 record(s) from 30 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2018 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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