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73.255 (BF2145)


Anarta trifolii
Adult: 3
Resident. Rare.


Care required to separate from Dusky Brocade, but that species is larger with a broader forewing.

Recording Method.

Attracted to light, also comes to sugar and flowers.

Life cycle

One generation. Overwinters as a pupa, in an underground cocoon. Larvae are present during August and September.

Larval foodplants

Goosefoots, Common Orache and other closely related plants


Coastal areas, open woodland, waste-ground and fens.


J. Garraway informed Gordon (1913) that he had taken several at sugar in a wood by Loch Elrig, Mochrum, Wigtownshire, in July 1904.

In August 1978 one was found at Kirkandrews Bay (VC73) followed by the only RIS record from Mabie Forest in August 1992. Two were found in August, 1996, at Mersehead RSPB.

The only record in the first decade of the 21st century was found at Kirriereoch in late June, 2008.

9 record(s) from 8 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2014 2019
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 UK Moths website - further information on species (with photos)

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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