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35.123 (BF819)

Winter Groundling   

Scrobipalpa costella
Adult: 1
Resident. Local.

Recording method

Comes to light.  Larval appearance will differentiate this species from Acrolepia autumnitella.

Life cycle

Mines: April-November.  Larva mines from the midrib creating an irregular blotch mine, sometimes containing frass.  Compare Acrolepia autumnitella which produces a white mine, on the same foodplant, but without frass.  Adults fly May-June, July-October.

Larval foodplants

Bittersweet (Woody Nightshade) Solanum dulcamara.


The first for Dumfries & Galloway was found on Auchencairn Bay, Kirkcudbrightshire, on 25th August 2003, while the first for Wigtownshire was found at The Forest during August 2006, with the Dumfriesshire first being found at Castle Wood, Caerlaverock, on 8th October 2010 during a ‘Grey Daggers’ Moth Group field meeting.

13 record(s) from 8 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2006 2022 2019
35.123 Scrobipalpa Costella
35.123 Scrobipalpa Costella
35.123 Scrobipalpa Costella

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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