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73.299 (BF2201)

Shore Wainscot   

Mythimna litoralis
Adult: 2
Resident. Rare.


A conspicuous branched white streak runs along the centre of rather plain forewing. Hindwing brilliant white.

Recording Method.

Attracted to light, also comes to sugar and flowers.

Life cycle

One generation. Overwinters as a small larva in the sand during August to end of May, hiding by day there and feeding at night. Pupation takes place in the sand.

Larval foodplants



Coastal sand-dunes and beaches.


It was first recorded when it was found at Sandhead on 23rd June 1972 (BRC data). Another was found at Stranraer on 9th July 1977. During late July 1984 three specimens were caught at Torrs Warren by Sir Arthur Duncan and now reside at National Museums Scotland. All from Wigtownshire.

Has since been found in Kirkcudbrightshire.

6 record(s) from 3 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 1984 2011

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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