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49.259 (BF1163)

Spruce Bud Moth   

Zeiraphera ratzeburgiana
Adult: 2
Resident. Common.

Recording method

Comes to light.

Life cycle

Larvae: April-June in a spun terminal shoot.  Adults: July.

Larval foodplants

European Silver-fir Abies alba, Greek Fir Abies cephalonica or Stone Pine Pinus pinea.


The first for Dumfries & Galloway was found at Castlehill in Kirkmahoe parish, Dumfriesshire, on 18th August 1977 by Sir Arthur Duncan, specimen at National Museums Scotland, while the first for Kirkcudbrightshire was found on the Threave Estate NTS on 14th July 1994 by A. M. Emmet.

42 record(s) from 18 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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