73.244 (2187) Common Quaker Orthosia cerasi (Fabricius, 1775)

Status
Resident. Common.
 
Flight period
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History
Lennon (1863) stated it to be common everywhere around the Dumfries area. Gordon (1913) stated it was generally distributed and abundant in Wigtownshire, being found on sallow blossom in a very variable state. Earliest date was 23rd March 1906. 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.
 
Pelham-Clinton between 1954 and 1968 had found it at Glenluce (VC74), Bargrennan, Wood of Cree, Palnackie and Rockcliffe (all VC73). Then, during 1974-92 all seven Rothamsted stations regularly recorded it. From 1992 to 2010 Kirkton and Durisdeer (VC72), Cally Woods, Kirkcudbright, Milton and Carsfad near Dalry, provided the majority of records, with a number of other records from widespread sites across the region.
 
Life cycle
One generation. Overwinters as a pupa in a cocoon underground, with the adult fully formed inside. Larvae are present during April and June, living at first in young buds, then in spun shoots or leaves, finally under a leaf.
 
Larval foodplants
Oaks, birches, elms, hazel and sallows.
 
Identification
The brown round-tipped forewing with pale outlined kidney-mark and oval together with a uniform grey hindwing will ease recognition.
 
Habitat
Many habitats, but as larvae feed on broadleaved trees, most common in woodland.
© Peter Norman, Palnackie, April 2007

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