70.196 (1865) Broom-tip Chesias rufata rufata (Fabricius, 1775)

Status
Resident. Scarce.
Nationally Scarce.
UK BAP Priority Species.
 
Flight period
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History
Buchanan White of Perth (1895) listed it as occurring in Colvend and Southwick parishes (VC73). Cunningham (1947) in the 'Transactions' had a mid-July 1946 record from Dumfries and a mid-May record from Comlongan in 1947, stating it is well distributed.
 
Only two of the Rothamsted stations caught this species: Waterside Mains, one record in 1977, and four records from Mabie Forest during 1987-92. Carsfad, Kirkton and Auchencairn produced most of the 50 records during 1993-2010.
 
Life cycle
One generation. Overwinters as a pupa underground. Larvae appear during July to September.
 
Larval foodplants
Broom.
 
Identification
Compared with Streak, the large black comma-mark, which is part of a dark narrow central cross-band, coupled with a pale reddish-brown band beyond it is diagnostic.
 
Habitat
Open woodland, scrub and other places where the larval foodplant of Broom occurs, though certainly not as widespread as its foodplant.
© Peter Norman, Blackbellie Hill, Palnackie, April 2009

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