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19.001 (BF470)

Reed Smudge   

Orthotelia sparganella
Adult: 1
Resident. Rare.

Recording method

Adults can be found at rest on the leaves and stems of the foodplant.

Life cycle

Larvae present May-June.  Adults fly July-August.

Larval foodplants

Bur-reed species Sparganium, Iris species, Reed Sweet-grass Glyceria maxima.


The first for Dumfries & Galloway was found at an unknown site in Kirkcudbrightshire by a person unknown prior to 1996 (MOGBI data), while the first for Dumfriesshire was found at Caerlaverock WWT on 22nd July 2011.

5 record(s) from 4 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2021 2021
19.001 Orthotelia Sparganella
19.001 Orthotelia Sparganella
19.001 Orthotelia Sparganella

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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