73.113 (2306) Angle Shades Phlogophora meticulosa (Linnaeus, 1758)

Status
Resident and immigrant. Common.
 
Flight period
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History
The earliest notification of this species is published in Stephens (1829) with the Rev. William Little recording it at Raehills (VC72) stating it to be rare.
 
Lennon (1863) stated it was common everywhere in his 'List of Lepidoptera taken near Dumfries.' Gordon (1913) stated it to be common and generally distributed in Wigtownshire. William Evans received specimens during 1913-15 from Mowat the lighthouse keeper at Killantingan (VC74) as part of his migration insect study.
 
Sir Arthur Duncan (1909-84) during his lifetime had found it at Closeburn, Tynron and Castlehill, Dumfries (all VC72). Archibald Russell (1944) listed it as occurring near Gatehouse of Fleet (VC73) during the years 1942-43.
 
From 1975-92 it was recorded annually at the the seven Rothamsted stations, but in small numbers. Since then it has been trapped at widespread sites across the region and can also be found at ivy blossom in mid-October; these may be immigrants.
 
Life cycle
Two generations. Overwinters as a larva which is known to feed all year. Pupates in a cocoon just below the soil surface.
 
Larval foodplants
Larvae feed on wide range of herbaceous and woody plants.
 
Identification
Very distinctive.
 
Habitat
Virtually all habitats.
© Keith Naylor, Dalbeattie, 1 October 2005

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