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70.224 (BF1904)

Scorched Wing   

Plagodis dolabraria
Adult: 1
Resident, common, widespread. Widespread but in small numbers in southern England and Wales, expanding northwards in recent decades. scattered in south and west Scotland.



Recording method

Males come to light but moth rarely seen during the day.

Life cycle

One generation. Overwinters as a pupa in a cocoon close to the ground. Larvae are present from July to the middle of September.

Larval foodplants

Mainly oaks and birches, but also sallows.


Woodland and gardens with stands of broadleaved trees.


First recorded for Dumfries and Galloway in 1860 for VC72 near Dumfries by Lennon, in 1862 for VC73 at Dalskairth also by Lennon where he regarded it as ‘very rare’, and in 1906 for VC74 at Corsemalzie by Gordon who had found it ‘not uncommon at light in woods’ and in the following year found ‘four full fed larvae were beaten from a young oak tree’.

442 record(s) from 41 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2016 2022 2022

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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