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70.229 (BF1909)

Speckled Yellow   

Pseudopanthera macularia
Adult: 1
Resident, common, widespread in open, wooded areas. Fairly widespread across southern England and Wales with scattered populations in north west England, south west Scotland, and the western Highlands.

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Very distinctive with brown blotches on the yellow wings.

Recording method

Flies by day particularly in sunshine, very rarely comes to light.

Life cycle

One generation. Overwinters as a pupa close to the ground or under the surface. Larvae are present from mid June to early August.

Larval foodplants

Wood Sage.


Chiefly open woodland, but also bushy grassland areas.


First recorded for Dumfries and Galloway in 1860 for VC72 near Dumfries by Lennon, in 1862 for VC73 in Mabie Forest also by Lennon and in 1912 near Cairn Ryan by Gordon.

783 record(s) from 37 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 1989 2022 2021

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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