65.009 (1653) Buff Arches Habrosyne pyritoides (Hufnagel, 1766)

Status
Resident. Rare.
 
Flight period
J F M A M J J A S O N D
























 
History
Not recorded in MOGBI. Cunningham (1949-50) however, had recorded it in the 'Transactions' where it is stated Sir Arthur Duncan caught a series of this moth in July, 1935, at Gilchristland (VC72), there being only one other Scottish record at that point, which was from Gourock.
 
Since then there are records for 1999 which were at a coastal location near Ravenshall Point, and nearby at Kirkmabreck in 2007. It was also trapped at Carsluith in July 2006 and July 2007, photo opposite.
 
Life cycle
One generation. Overwinters as a pupa in an underground cocoon. Larvae are present from late July to mid-October, feeding mainly at night.
 
This could possibly be the most northerly breeding population of this attractive moth, which is on the wing in July.
 
Larval foodplants
Larvae feed on Bramble, Dewberry and possibly Raspberry.
 
Identification
Unmistakeable.
 
Habitat
Open woodland and scrub.
© Peter Robinson, Kirkmabreck, July 2007

Local distribution map

The gadget spec URL could not be found

Distribution map displays records from the National Biodiversity Network (See terms and conditions).

The following datasets are included:

  • Butterfly Conservation - Macro-moth provisional distribution for the British Isles (excluding the Republic of Ireland) from the National Moth Recording Scheme
 Powered by the  NBN Gateway