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71.023 (BF2010)

Scarce Prominent   

Odontosia carmelita
Adult: 1
Resident. Scarce.

See also Moth of the Week (25/04/2019)


The creamy-white comma shaped mark on the costa near the apex is diagnostic.

Life cycle

One generation. Overwinters as a pupa. Larvae are present May to July.

Larval foodplants

Downy Birch and Silver Birch.


Mature birch woodland.

History 1860-2010

The first was found by Sir Arthur Duncan (1909-84) who during his lifetime had found it at Closeburn (VC72).

Rothamsted data provided three records from Waterside Mains at Keir in 1976, with a further two in 1981 and a single in 1982. Mabie Forest station also recorded it in 1987 and 1989 singularly.

In early May 1991 and 1992 it was trapped at Bargaly Lodge, with another trapped mid-May in 1996 at Kirkton.

One came to actinic light in Cally Woods in late April, 1997, with a further two being found in the same month, but in 2002, at Carsfad at Dalry and Carsegowan Moss.

On 5th May 2005 it was trapped at Auchencairn Bay.

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

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2002 2020 2019

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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