73.233 (2232) Black Rustic Aporophyla nigra (Haworth, 1809)

Status
Resident. Scarce.
 
Flight period
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History
Gordon (1913) found it common at sugar at Corsemalzie, Wigtownshire, having obtained 67 between 22nd October 1897 and November 1909. One came to a window at Alticry on 10th September 1906. Evans (1915) in his survey of insect migration at Scottish Lighthouses received a female that had been captured by D. A. Mowat, keeper, at Killantringan Lighthouse, Wigtownshire, on 30th September 1913, two males and a female on 24th August 1914, followed by another male on 11th September 1915.
 
Sir Arthur Duncan (1909-84) during his lifetime had found it at Closeburn, Tynron and Castlehill, Dumfries (all VC72).
 
Five records occurred during the 1970s, one being from the Newton Stewart Rothamsted station. A further three records through the next decade was meagre. The second RIS record occured in 1990 at Mabie Forest. Portable trapping from 1993-2010 produced a further 32 records from various sites.
 
Life cycle
One generation. Overwinters as a small larva during October to May. Pupates underground.
 
Larval foodplants
Larvae feed on various herbaceous and woody plants.
 
Identification
Northern Deep-brown Dart is the confusion species but that species never has the outer edge of the kidney mark highlighted.
 
Habitat 
Rough, grassy places.
© Peter Norman, Auchencairn, September 2010

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