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70.199 (BF1882)

Small Seraphim   

Pterapherapteryx sexalata
Adult: 2
Resident, rare, local. Widespread in southern England and Wales, thinly distributed elsewhere. In Scotland only scattered records in the extreme south. It has had a significant long-term decline in its distribution.


A generally grey and white moth that has a broad grey cross-band that fades towards the dorsum, with a black spot on the inner edge of the band close to the dorsum. A specimen or quality photo required for record acceptance.

Recording method

Comes to light.

Life cycle

Overwinters as a pupa with larva appearing in mid-August to mid-September.

Larval foodplants



Broadleaved damp woodland, but also fens and other marshy sites.


First recorded for Dumfries and Galloway in 1910 for VC74 at Corsemalzie by Gordon, in 1979 for VC73 near Cordorcan Farm by Bland and in 1996 for VC72 at Castle Loch, Lochmaben by Richard Mearns.

21 record(s) from 10 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 1976 2021 2022

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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