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35.116 (BF816)

Summer Groundling   

Scrobipalpa obsoletella
Adult: 4
Resident. Rare.

Recording method

Comes to light. Dry, whitish frass exuding from a small hole in the stem can indicate a larva is present, or look for spun fruits of Babington’s Orache.

Life cycle

Larvae present May-October, feeding in the stem where they eat the pith.  On Babington’s Orache it will feed on single fruits, or two fruits spun together.  Adults fly May-September.

Larval foodplants

Oraches. In Europe it also uses Goosefoot species.


The first for Dumfries & Galloway was found on Auchencairn Bay, Kirkcudbrightshire, on 3rd August 2004, while the first for Wigtownshire was found at Port of Counan on 21st July 2006 during a ‘Grey Daggers’ Moth Group field meeting.

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

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2011 2016
35.116 Scrobipalpa Obsoletella
35.116 Scrobipalpa Obsoletella
35.116 Scrobipalpa Obsoletella

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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