70.130 (1870) Chimney Sweeper Odezia atrata (Linnaeus, 1758)

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).
 
Lennon (1860) stated he had found this species around Dumfries whilst out walking. By 1863, he had found it at Glen Mills (VC72). Robinson-Douglas (1874) had found it to be fairly common on Almorness (VC73). Thomas Rae Bruce (1879) had found it on Slogarie (VC73) on 7th July of that year and twenty years later Morton had found it frequent in July near Monreith, Wigtownshire.
 
Gordon (1919) stated it was widely distributed and locally abundant in meadows and among bracken on the moors during June. Sir Arthur Duncan (1909-84) during his lifetime had found it at Closeburn, Tynron and Castlehill, Dumfries (all VC72). Archibald Russel (1944) during his stay at Gatehouse of Fleet during 1942-43 had found it locally.
 
During 1960-2010 there were over 300 records from widely scattered sites from across the region.
 
Life cycle
One generation. Overwinters as an egg. Larvae are present during April to early June, with pupation taking place just below the surface.
 
Larval foodplants
Larvae feed on the flowers and seeds of Pignut.
 
Identification
Unmistakeable day-flying geometrid being all black with white tips at the apex of the wings.
 
Habitat
Meadows, especially neutral grassland where Pignut is common.
© Keith Naylor , Rockcliffe-Portling, 22 June 2004

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