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22.002 (BF449)

Ash Bud Moth   

Prays fraxinella
Adult: 1
Resident. Local.

Recording method

Comes to light.

Life cycle

Larvae present July-August, October-June.  Larva initially mines a leaf then, for the winter, it transfers to the bark just below a bud. In the spring it mines a shoot which then droops.  The summer brood sometimes lives within the galls of mite Aceria fraxinivora, the galls made on inflorescences.

Larval foodplants

Ash or Wild Privet.


The first for Dumfries & Galloway was found at the Barony College, Parkgate, Dumfriesshire, on 9th July 1982 during a Scottish Entomologists’ gathering, while the the first for Wigtownshire was found at the “Motte” at Skaith on 9th July 1982 by E. C. Pelham-Clinton, with the Kirkcudbrightshire first being found at the Wood of Cree RSPB Reserve on 19th June 2004 during a BENHS meeting.

39 record(s) from 18 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2015 2022 2021

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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