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73.167 (BF2324)

Northern Arches   

Apamea exulis
Adult: 2
Resident. Rare.


The key feature is the broad, deep-scaled shaggy thorax, with a dark brown forewing.

Recording Method.

Attracted to light, also comes to sugar and flowers.

Life cycle

One generation. Overwinters as a larva, during September to May, with pupation underground.

Larval foodplants

Unknown, but thought to be grasses.


Upland grassland and peaty moorland.


The first records came in early August 2003, when, on Lowther Hill, Dumfriesshire, traps were set at 530 and 725 metres and seven specimens were caught, with a single verified at the National Museums Scotland. The following year in mid-July at a Grey Daggers Moth Group field meeting it was trapped again. Another was caught that year on the Bennan in Glen Trool. It was visited again the following year and three were trapped. Also in 2005, one was caught at the Grey Mare’s Tail NTS on 9th July.

11 record(s) from 5 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2016 2014

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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