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70.241 (BF1921)

Scalloped Oak   

Crocallis elinguaria
Adult: 1
Resident, common, widespread. Widely distributed throughout Britain. Has shown major increase in abundace at monitored sites since 1970. The form ab. unicolor Prout has occurred in D&G.


Fairly distinctive with the wings smaller and less scalloped than the similar Scalloped Hazel.

Recording method

Comes to light

Life cycle

One generation. Overwinters as an egg on the foodplant. Larvae are present April to June.

Larval foodplants

Bilberry, Heather, Hawthorn, Blackthorn, oaks and birches.


Hedgerows, woodland and gardens.


First recorded from Dumfries and Galloway in 1862 for VC72 near Dumfries by Lennon who said it ‘was common everywhere’, in 1899 for VC74 at Corsemalzie by Gordon who stated it was ‘not uncommon in Wigtownshire, but that it seemed to be scarce at Corsemalzie’ and in 1942 for VC73 at Gatehouse of Fleet by Russell.

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

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2022 2022 2022
70.241 Scalloped Oak
70.241 Scalloped Oak
70.241 Scalloped Oak70.241 Scalloped Oak

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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