70.206 (1885) Clouded Magpie Abraxas sylvata (Scopoli, 1763)

Status
Resident. Local.
 
Flight period
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History
Gordon (1919) knew of only two records: one by J. Garraway on a bank at the foot of Garheugh road in June, 1903; the other was caught whilst dusking by Captain J. N. Kennedy on 2nd July 1910.
 
Cunningham (1947) in the 'Transactions' had one record from Sir Arthur Duncan at Tynron (VC72) in June, 1943, which he stated was possibly its northern limit of occurrence.
 
Next record was in June 1974 at Auchenrivock (VC72) followed by the setting up of the Rothamsted stations in 1976. From then on it was trapped at the stations in VC72 and VC73 until 1992. With the advent of portable traps it has been found to be widespread but thinly distributed. Up to 32 have been caught in a single night at a single site.
 
Life cycle
One generation. Overwinters as a pupa underground. Larvae mid-July to early October.
 
Larval foodplants
Variety of elms.
 
Identification
Easily distinguished from typical forms of Magpie by fewer and more blurred black and yellow markings.
 
Habitat
Mainly woodland, but also parkland and gardens where the foodplant is present.
© Keith Naylor, Threave Estate NTS, 21 August 2007

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