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17.015 (BF252)

Variable Stem-moth   

Ochsenheimeria urella
Adult: 2
Resident. Local.

Recording method

Flies in morning sunshine.  Later rests low down on grass stems.

Life cycle

Larvae present April-May, at first mining a grass leaf then boring into the stem.  Adults fly July-September.

Larval foodplants

Species of Couch grass (Elytrigia) and Brome (Bromus).


The first for Dumfries & Galloway was found at Penpont, Dumfriesshire, on 3rd August 1975 by E. C. Pelham-Clinton, while the first for Kirkcudbrightshire was trapped at Blackford on 31st July 1977 by E. C. Pelham-Clinton, specimen at National Museums Scotland.

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

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2019 2020

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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