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73.275 (BF2152)

White Colon   

Sideridis turbida
Adult: 3


The white comma or colon-shaped mark on the lower end of the kidney-mark on grainy textured forewings should separate it from other noctuids.

Recording Method.

Attracted to light, also comes to sugar and flowers.

Life cycle

One generation. Overwinters as a pupa underground. Larvae are present June to July.

Larval foodplants

Common Restharrow, Ribwort Plantain, Sand Spurrey, Sea Rocket and Sea Sandwort.


Vegetated sand-dunes, shingle and marshes at the coast; also, on inland heathland.


There are just three records: first was on 20th June 1896 at Corsemalzie, Wigtownshire, with the second there on 12th June 1897. Thirdly, on 19th June 1906, it was found near the Golf Course at Glenluce.

As this area has received quite a bit of trapping since, it would appear to be extinct in Dumfries & Galloway.

3 record(s) from 2 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 1906
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 UK Moths website - further information on species (with photos)

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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