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49.044 (BF1025)

Winter Shade   

Tortricodes alternella
Adult: 1
Resident. Local.

Recording method

Attracted to light. Male flies in sunshine.

Life cycle

Larvae: May-June in spun leaves or under a turned-down leaf edge.  Adults: January-April.

Larval foodplants

Oak species.  Less commonly Birch species, Hazel, hawthorn species, Blackthorn or lime species.


The first for Dumfries & Galloway was found at Castlehill in Kirkmahoe parish, Dumfriesshire, on 24th February 1976 by Sir Arthur Duncan, specimen at National Museums Scotland, while the first for Kirkcudbrightshire was found at Bargaly Lodge on 17th February 1993.

48 record(s) from 5 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2022 2019

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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