Scotch Annulet

  • Scotch Annulet
    Scotch Annulet

Scientific name: Gnophos obfuscatus

July - August. Central and northern Scotland and parts of Ireland. A medium-sized mottled grey moth. Found on mountains and moorland, especially in rocky situations.

A rather obscurely marked grey moth, which has a freckled appearrance. Generally larger than the Annulet, which also has a less pointed forewing. Sometimes found by day at rest on rocks and stone walls, and can be disturbed by day. Flies from dusk and after dark.

Size and Family

  • Family – Thorns, Beauties and allies (Ennomines)
  • Medium Sized 

Conservation status

  • UK BAP: Not listed
  • Scarce (Nationally Scarce B)

Particular Caterpillar Food Plants

Yellow Saxifrage and other saxifrages, stonecrops, Heather, Bell Heather, Cross-leaved Heath, and Petty Whin. Probably also on other small plants.


  • Countries – Scotland, Ireland
  • Patchily distributed in northern and central Scotland and found on the Hebrides and the Isle of Arran. Not known from Orkney or Shetland. In Ireland it has been reported from Cos. Clare, Galway, Mayo and Donegal.


Frequents mountains and moorlands especially where there is exposed rock, such as in gullies and old quarries. Has also been found on a rocky shoreline.

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