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63.118 (BF1350)

Beautiful China-mark   

Nymphula nitidulata
Adult: 1
Resident. Common.


Markings can vary in intensity but are distinctive.

Recording method

Attracted to light and commonly disturbed from vegetation in the field.

Flight period

May-early September.

Larval foodplants

Bur-reeds (Spharganium spp.), Yellow Water-lily (Nuphar lutea) and other water plants.


Lochs, ponds, rivers and other freshwater habitats.


The first for Dumfries & Galloway was found at Corsemalzie, Wigtownshire, on 6th July 1897 by the Gordon brothers, while the first for Dumfriesshire was found at Tynron on 19th July 1943 by Sir Arthur Duncan, specimen at National Museums of Scotland, with the Kirkcudbrightshire first being found at Bargaly Lodge on 30th June 1992.

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

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2016 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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