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35.146 (BF776)

Large Groundling   

Teleiopsis diffinis
Adult: 2
Resident. Local.

Recording method

Can be swept from the foodplant.  Flies in afternoon sunshine and at dusk.  Comes to light.

Life cycle

Larvae present ?August-May, July-August.  In autumn, the larva mines a leaf then later feeds from a silken gallery spun along the stem or in the roots.  Possibly then bores into the stem or root.

Larval foodplants

Common Sorrel and Sheep’s Sorrel.


The first for Dumfries & Galloway was found at Portling, Kirkcudbrightshire, on 6th September 1978 by Sir Arthur Duncan, who also found the first for Wigtownshire at Torrs on 30th August 1983, both specimens at National Museums of Scotland, with the Dumfriesshire first being found at an unknown site by a person unknown sometime during the period 1961-2001 (MOGBI data).

63 record(s) from 7 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 1983 2011 2022
35.146 Teleiopsis Diffinis
35.146 Teleiopsis Diffinis

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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