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70.198 (BF1879)


Lobophora halterata
Adult: 3
Resident (?), very rare, very local. Widely distributed in southern Britain. In Scotland mainly in Central Belt and scattered records northwards to Caithness.


The dark grey cross-band near the base of the forewing, which is broad and rounded is diagnostic. Due to its rarity status a specimen or quality photo required for record acceptance.

Recording method

Comes to light.

Life cycle

Overwinters as a pupa, in a cocoon below the ground. Larvae appear from late June through July.

Larval foodplants

Aspen and Black-poplar.


Broadleaved woodland, gardens.


First recorded for Dumfries and Galloway in 1975 for VC72 in Kirkmahoe parish by Duncan who found the only other records close by two years later.  There have been no other records for VC73 or VC74.

2 record(s) from 1 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 1978

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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