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73.142 (BF2379)

Small Rufous   

Coenobia rufa
Adult: 2
Resident. Rare.


Very similar to Small Wainscot, with more rounded, less pointed forewing and a much slimmer body.

Recording Method.

Attracted to light.

Life cycle

Overwinters as a small larva between September and May, feeding inside stems and pupating low down in an old stem of the foodplant.

Larval foodplants

Jointed Rush, Sharp-flowered Rush and Soft-rush.


Poorly drained pasture and bogs, but also fens and marshes.


There are previously unconfirmed records from BRC data of specimens supposed to be in the National Museums Scotland which we have been unable to locate. The first confirmed record came from Auchencairn Bay on 31st July 2011 with the second record eight years later to the day from an adjacent inland locality.

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

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2022 2022

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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