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17.011 (BF461)

Variable Smudge   

Ypsolopha ustella
Adult: 2
Resident. Local.

Recording method

Can sometimes be found resting on Gorse or Yew in the autumn.

Life cycle

Larvae present May-June.  Adults fly June-July, August-May.

Larval foodplants

Oak species.


The first for Dumfries & Galloway was found at Loch Ken, Kirkcudbrightshire, on 24th July 1996, while the first for Dumfriesshire was found at an unknown site by a person unknown prior to 1996 (MOGBI data).

29 record(s) from 13 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2022 2022

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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