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35.122 (BF817)

Atlantic Groundling   

Scrobipalpa clintoni
Adult: 4
Resident. Local.


Adults may never have been found in the wild in the UK (April-June dates appear to have been based on reared specimens).

Life cycle

Larvae present July-August, feeding in the stem and ejecting pale brown frass from holes mostly at the nodes.  Adults poss April-June.

Larval foodplants

Broad-leaved or Curled Dock.


Sandy and shingle beaches.


The first for Dumfries & Galloway was of a few larvae found on Rumex crispus at Cairnryan, Wigtownshire, on 28th June 1988 by E. C. Pelham-Clinton, who the next day found the first for Kirkcudbrightshire, also, of several larvae on Rumex crispus at Carrick, near Borgue, on 29th June 1988. No records from Dumfriesshire.

4 record(s) from 3 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2005 1988
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 UK Moths website - further information on species (with photos)

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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