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70.133 (BF1803)

Small Rivulet   

Perizoma alchemillata
Adult: 2
Resident, common, widespread. Widely distributed over England and Wales and most of low-lying Scotland. Slightly increasing in distribution.


Smaller than the Rivulet and with two small indentations on the basal side of the white cross-line as against one on the Rivulet.

Recording method

Comes to light.

Life cycle

One generation. Overwinters as a pupa underground. Larvae are present from July to early September.

Larval foodplants

Larvae feed on Common Hemp-nettle flowers and seeds.


A wide variety of habitats.


First recorded for Dumfries and Galloway in 1820 in VC72 at Raehills by Little, in 1862 for VC73 near Dalskairth by Lennon and in 1899 for VC74 near Montreith by Morton.

1242 record(s) from 59 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2022 2022 2022
70.133 Small Rivulet
70.133 Small Rivulet
70.133 Small Rivulet70.133 Small Rivulet

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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