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63.062 (BF1332)

Large Grey   

Scoparia subfusca
Adult: 2
Resident. Local.


A unifrom brownish-grey moth with indistinct markings. Larger than most related species.

Recording method

Attracted to light. Commonly disturbed in the field.

Flight period


Larval foodplants

Ox-tongue (Picris hieracioides) and Colt’s-foot (Tussilago farfara).


A wide range of habitats.


The first for Dumfries & Galloway was found in Colvend parish, Kirkcudbrightshire, during July 1871 by Francis Buchanan White, while the first for Wigtownshire was found at Corsemalzie, Wigtownshire, on 24th July 1899 by the Gordon brothers, with the Dumfriesshire first being found at Moffat on 20th July 1996.

51 record(s) from 20 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2021 2022 2018

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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