70.280 (1958) Clouded Silver Lomographa temerata ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

Status
Resident. Common.
 
Flight period
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History
Barrett (1900) states "In Scotland I know of but a single capture, a specimen - which I have seen -  taken at Corsemalzie in Wigtownshire by the Messrs. Gordon." Gordon (1919) referring to the same states it was taken at dusk on his front drive at the end of May 1895. Sir Arthur Duncan (1909-84) during his lifetime had found it at Closeburn, Tynron and Castlehill, Dumfries (all VC72).
 
Archibald Russell (1944) while staying at Gatehouse of Fleet (VC73) during 1942-43 had found it in the area. In 1948 there were two more records from VC73, one from Mabie Forest, the other found at Southwick. Cunningham (1950) stated that these were the only records for Scotland.
 
From 1976-92 it was recorded many times from six of the Rothamsted stations, only Caerlaverock missing out. From then on it was recorded annually, apart from 2008, with personal trapping equipment.
 
Life cycle
One generation. Overwinters as a pupa in plant debris on the ground. Larvae during July and August.
 
Larval foodplants
Larvae feed on Hawthorn, Blackthorn and other trees and shrubs from the same family.
 
Identification
Blackish clouding on termen side of the forewings on a white background is diagnostic.
 
Habitat
Woodland, scrub, farmland, parks and gardens.
© Stephen Riddell, Maxwelton Mains, 18 May 2014
© Brian Henderson, Courance, 3 September 2012

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