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35.115 (BF815)

Common Sea Groundling   

Scrobipalpa nitentella
Adult: 4
Resident. Local.

Recording method

Can be disturbed from the foodplant.  Comes to light.

Life cycle

Mines: September-October, in a leaf, initially making a characteristic U- or horseshoe shape.  After that, the mine is irregular or branched. Finally, the larva feeds on the seeds of the foodplant in a silken tube. Adults fly June-August.

Larval foodplants

Orache spp, Sea Beet, Goosefoot spp, Glasswort spp, Annual Sea-blite.


The first for Dumfries & Galloway was found on Auchencairn Bay, Kirkcudbrightshire, on 10th July 2006, while the first for Wigtownshire was found at Port of Counan on 21st July 2006 during a ‘Grey Daggers’ Moth Group field meeting.

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

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2011 2018
35.115 Scrobipalpa Nitentella
35.115 Scrobipalpa Nitentella
35.115 Scrobipalpa Nitentella
35.115 Scrobipalpa Nitentella35.115 Scrobipalpa Nitentella

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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