70.207 (1887) Clouded Border Lomaspilis marginata (Linnaeus, 1758)

Status
Resident. Abundant.
 
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 (1863) stated that it was common around the Dumfries area. Gordon (1919) had only found two, one at Dowalton Loch on 4th June 1913, with the other at Castle Kennedy on 10th July 1914. Sir Arthur Duncan (1909-84) during his lifetime had found it at Closeburn, Tynron and Castlehill, Dumfries (all VC72). Archibald Russell (1944) listed it as occurring near Gatehouse of Fleet (VC73) during the years 1942-43.
 
During the 1960s Pelham-Clinton found it at Ecclefechan (VC72), Palnackie and Rockcliffe (VC73).
 
The seven Rothamsted stations then produced many records in the period 1974-93. Then, from 1993 to 2010 regular trapping at sites like Kirkton, Durisdeer (VC72), Cally Woods and Carsfad, near Dalry have also provided many records. There are, during the same period, many records from many widespread sites, proving how abundant this moth is.
 
Life cycle
One or two generations. Overwinters as a pupa underground. Larvae appear from mid-July to mid-September.
 
Larval foodplants
Larvae feed on poplars and willows; also possibly Hazel.
 
Identification
Unmistakeable.
 
Habitat
Woodland, scrub, heathland and wetland.
© Keith Naylor, Mersehead RSPB, 26 June 2004

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