70.093 (1758) Barred Straw Gandaritis pyraliata ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

Status
Resident. 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).
 
Somerville (1858) found two specimens while on a visit to the Moffat area in August of that year. Lennon (1863) stated it was very common in his 'List of Lepidoptera taken near Dumfries.' Buchanan White of Perth (1895) listed it as occurring in Colvend and Southwick parishes (VC73). Gordon (1919) found it occurred not uncommomly on the moors in the north of Wigtownshire.
 
Russell (1944) during his stay at Gatehouse of Fleet during 1942-43 listed its occurrence around that area. Sir Arthur Duncan (1909-84) during his lifetime had found it at Closeburn, Tynron and Castle Hill, Dumfries. Two records during the 1960s one found by Pelham-Clinton at Castle Douglas, the other at Clatteringshaws in July, 1969.
 
During 1974-93 it was recorded in good numbers from the seven Rothamsted stations and this trend has continued through the 1990s and the first decade of the 21st century.
  
Life cycle
One generation. Overwinters as an egg. Larvae appear mid-April to mid-June. Pupation taking place among plant debris.
 
Larval foodplants
Larvae feed on Cleavers and other bedstraws.
 
Identification
Unusual resting posture should aid identification.
 
Habitat
Adults are found in a wide range of habitats including gardens, farmland, grassland and open woodland.
© Keith Naylor, Mersehead RSPB, 26 June 2006

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