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49.380 (BF1271)

Purple-shaded Piercer   

Pammene gallicana
Adult: 2
Resident. Local.

Recording method

Occasionally comes to light.

Life cycle

Larvae:  September-April among loosely-spun seeds.  Adults: July-August.

Larval foodplants

Carrots; sometimes Angelica, Hogweed and other umbellifers.


The first for Dumfries & Galloway was found at Torrs, Wigtownshire, on 4th June 1983 by Sir Arthur Duncan, specimen at National Museums Scotland, while the first for Kirkcudbrightshire was found on Auchencairn Bay on 6th July 2004.

3 record(s) from 3 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 1983 2020

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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