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17.002 (BF452)

Hooked Smudge   

Ypsolopha nemorella
Adult: 1
Resident. Rare.

Life cycle

Larvae present April-June in a slight web on the leaves.  The larva is pale reddish brown, which helps distinguish it from other Honeysuckle feeders such as Ypsolopha dentella (larva green with a reddish-brown dorsal stripe) and Athrips mouffetella (larva black with white spots on the first few segments; in E Scotland but not yet in D&G).  Adults fly June-August.

Larval foodplants

Honeysuckle species.


The first for Dumfries & Galloway was found at Old Torr, Kirkcudbrightshire, on 31st July 2011, while the first for Dumfriesshire was netted in the Tynron Juniper Wood on 2nd July 2014.

10 record(s) from 4 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2020 2019

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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