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70.121 (BF1789)

Scallop Shell   

Rheumaptera undulata
Adult: 1
Resident, scarce, widespread. Widespread in southern Britain, scarce in south and west of Scotland but expanding.

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Recording method

Occasionally seen by day feeding on flowers, comes to light in small numbers.

Life cycle

One generation. Overwinters as a pupa, in a cocoon in earth. Larvae are present August and September.

Larval foodplants

Aspen, Bilberry and sallows.


Damp woodland and sallow scrub.


First recorded for Dumfries and Galloway in 1862 for VC72 at Riggfoot by Lennon who stated that it was ‘very rare, but it occurred at Riggfoot and on the Tinwald Downs’, and in 1863 for VC73 at Dalskairth also by Lennon.  It was not found in VC74 until 1988 at Mochrum by Pelham-Clinton.

90 record(s) from 29 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2006 2022 2020
70.121 Scallop Shell
70.121 Scallop Shell

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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