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70.045 (BF1732)

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Scotopteryx chenopodiata
Adult: 1
Resident., common, widespread. UK BAP Priority Species. widespread throughout the UK except for north-west Scotland. Has shown a major decline in abundance since 1970.


Easily recognised but very variable in colour.

Life cycle

One generation. Overwinters as a larva. during August to June.

Larval foodplants

Larvae feed on clovers and vetches. It visits flowers like Common Knapweed and Common Ragwort after dusk, and is sometimes disturbed during the day.


Wide range of grassland habitats.


First recorded for Dumfries and Galloway in 1862 near Dumfries by Lennon who regarded it as ‘very common’.  First record for VC74 was in 1891 near Monreith by Morton and for VC73 in 1942 near Gatehouse of Fleet by Russell.

815 record(s) from 57 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2019 2022 2022
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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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