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49.225 (BF1205a)

Larch-bud Moth   

Spilonota laricana
Adult: 4
Resident. Rare.

Recording method

Comes to light.

Life cycle

Larvae: August-June, in the autumn mining spun needles, in the spring feeding in expanding buds.  Adults: June-September.

Larval foodplants

European Larch; sometimes Sitka Spruce.


The first for Dumfries & Galloway was found at Castlehill in Kirkmahoe parish, Dumfriesshire, on 18th August 1977 by Sir Arthur Duncan, specimen at National Museums Scotland, while the first for Kirkcudbrightshire was trapped at Minnigaff on 4th August 2012.

3 record(s) from 2 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2021 2021

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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