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70.192 (BF1867)


Aplocera plagiata
Adult: 2
Resident, scarce, widespread. Found in a wide variety of open, dry habitats throughout Britain. Its distribution has decreased significantly since 1970.


The sub-basal fascia has a gentle curve and is not so acutely angled as in the Lesser Treble-bar. Abdomen shape is the key diagnostic feature though, it is very pointed in the male and this will need to be viewed from underneath, as will the female abdomen which is extremely pinched in, then bulbous, and then straight-sided at the tip.

In ssp. scotica the ground colour is bluish grey.

Recording method

Adult easily disturbed by day, comes to light.

Life cycle

Two overlapping generations. Overwinters as a larva during September to July. Pupation takes place underground.

Larval foodplants

St John’s-worts.


A wide variety of dry, well drained habitats.


First recorded for Dumfries and Galloway in 1820 for VC72 at Raehills by Little, in 1862 for VC73 at Glen Mills by Lennon, and in 1899 for VC74 near Monreith by Morton.

73 record(s) from 29 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2014 2021 2022

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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