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45.012 (BF1509)

Brown Plume   

Stenoptilia pterodactyla
Adult: 2
Resident. Local.

Recording method

Comes to light.

Life cycle

Larvae June-May, adults June-August.  Larvae initially feed in the stem of a terminal shoot, killing the tip.  They overwinter in the stem, then in spring feed on new shoots and flowers.

Larval foodplants

Germander Speedwell.


The first for Dumfries & Galloway was found at Mersehead RSPB, Kirkcudbrightshire, on 20th July 1996 during a ‘Grey Daggers’ Moth Group field meeting, while the first for Dumfriesshire was found at Powfoot on 5th July 1997, also during a ‘Grey Daggers’ Moth Group field meeting. The first for Wigtownshire was of eight netted on Craigoch Park Moor on 20th June 2012 with a further individual found at Dunskey Castle same day. Torrs Warren produced a single in 2015 and five individuals during 2016.

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

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2016 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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