70.068 (1748) Beautiful Carpet Mesoleuca albicillata (Linnaeus, 1758)

Status
Resident. Local.
 
Flight period
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History
Lennon (1863) stated that it was not common, but that it had occurred at Dalskairth (VC73). Gordon (1919) found it to be frequent in open clearings in woods, but also in gardens in Wigtownshire. Earliest date was 12th June 1911. However, since then it has only occurred three times in VC74. Sir Arthur Duncan (1909-84) during his lifetime had found it at Closeburn and Tynron (both VC72).
 
During 1975-93 it was recorded from Waterside Mains, Bridge of Dee and Mabie Forest Rothamsted stations but with modest records. Gatehouse of Fleet, three records and Newton Stewart, one record, were the other RIS data.
 
From 1993 to 2010, Kirkton, Eskrigg NR, Glencaple and Lochmaben are the only Dumfriesshire sites to host it. All other records were from Kirkcudbrightshire during that period.
 
Life cycle
One generation. Overwinters as a pupa in loose earth. Larva appear from July to September.
 
Larval foodplants
Larvae feed on Bramble, Raspberry and Hazel.
 
Identification
Unmistakeable.
 
Habitat
Woodland, and sometimes scrub and farmland.
© Stephen Riddell, Maxwelton Mains, 25 July 2014
© Alison Robertson, Castle Wood, 22 September 2013

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