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70.060 (BF1737)

Small Argent & Sable   

Epirrhoe tristata
Adult: 2
Resident, scarce, widespread. Found throughout upland and moorland England Wales and Scotland.


The three cross-bands are all of the same strength, dark greyish-brown colour, with chequered fringes on the wings.  Also the white cross-bands have a series of fine dark dots running through them to give it a distinctive look.

Life cycle

One generation. Overwinters as a pupa in a cocoon on the ground. Larvae are present July and August.

Larval foodplants

Heath Bedstraw.


Moorland and other grassland where the larval foodplant of Heath Bedstraw is found.


First recorded in Dumfries and Galloway for VC72 at Raehills, south of Beattock by Little,  for VC74 near Gatehouse by Russell and for VC73 near Gatehouse by Russell.

184 record(s) from 53 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2017 2022 2022
70.060 Small Argent [ Sable
70.060 Small Argent [ Sable

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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