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70.087 (BF1752)

Purple Bar   

Cosmorhoe ocellata
Adult: 1
Resident, common, widespread. Well distributed over Britain.



Recording method

Flies from dusk and comes to light.

Life cycle

Two overlapping generations. Overwinters as a cocooned fully-grown larva. Larvae are present during June to July, and again September to April.

Larval foodplants



Woodland, sand-dunes, grassland, heathland and gardens.


First recorded for Dumfries and Galloway in 1862 for VC72 near Dumfries by Lennon, in 1898 at Corsemalzie by Gordon who found it ‘common and generally distributed in gardens and on moors among bracken, etc.’ and in 1942 near Gatehouse of Fleet by Russell.

601 record(s) from 63 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2022 2022 2022
70.087 Purple Bar
70.087 Purple Bar

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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