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70.240 (BF1920)

Scalloped Hazel   

Odontopera bidentata
Adult: 1
Resident, very common, widespread near woodland. Widespread throughout Britain. The dark form nigra has occurred in D&G.


Fairly distinctive, with the jagged wing edges separating it from Scalloped Oak.

Recording Method

Adults can be found  during the day on walls and tree trunks, comes readily to light.

Life cycle

One generation. Overwinters as a pupa. Larvae are present early June to September, with pupation on the ground.

Larval foodplants

A wide variety of trees, including birches, hawthorns, oaks, willows, privets, limes, conifers and spruces.


Conifer plantations, gardens, woodland and hedgerows.


First recorded for Dumfries and Galloway in 1862 for VC72 at the Crichton Institute, Dumfries by Lennon who said it was ‘common’, in 1899 for VC74 at Corsemalzie by Gordon who found it ‘common and generally distributed in Wigtownshire, coming to light and sides of woods at dusk’, and in 1942 for VC73 at Gatehouse of Fleet by Russell.

1009 record(s) from 57 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2021 2022 2022
70.240 Scalloped Hazel
70.240 Scalloped Hazel
70.240 Scalloped Hazel
70.240 Scalloped Hazel70.240 Scalloped Hazel70.240 Scalloped Hazel

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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