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62.058 (BF1483)

Ermine Knot-horn   

Phycitodes binaevella
Adult: 2
Resident. Rare.


Very similar to Phycitodes saxicolaP.maritima and Homoeosoma nebulella and H.nimbella. Genital dissection suggested for confident identification.

Recording Method

Attracted to light.

Flight period


Larval foodplant

Spear Thistle (Cirsium vulgare).


A wide range of habitats.


The first for Dumfries & Galloway was found on Auchencairn Bay, Kirkcudbrightshire, on 25th July 2002 and recorded from Dumfrieshire in Dumfries on 24th August 2021. No records from Wigtownshire.

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

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2014 2021

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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