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70.195 (BF1864)


Chesias legatella
Adult: 1
Resident, common, widespread. UK BAP Priority Species. Widespread but patchily distributed throughout Britain. In Scotland mainly in the east and Central Belt. has declined in distribution since 1970.

See also Moth of the Week (15/10/2019)


The tented resting position with an obvious pale streak is diagnostic.

Recording method

Comes to light, often at a distance from any Broom.

Life cycle

One generation. Overwinters as an egg on Broom. Larvae are present May to June, with pupation taking place underground.

Larval foodplants



Moorland, heathland and open woodland is preferred.


First recorded for Dumfries and Galloway in 1862 for VC73 at Glen Mills by Lennon who stated that it ‘was very rare’, in 1903 for VC74 at Luce Bay by Garraway and in 1946 for VC72 near Dumfries by Cunningham.

485 record(s) from 38 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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