73.266 (2159) Dog's Tooth Lacanobia suasa ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

Status
Resident. Scarce.
 
Flight period
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History
Buchanan White of Perth (1895) listed it as occurring in Colvend and Southwick parishes (VC73). Additional to MOGBI. Sir Arthur Duncan (1909-84) during his lifetime had found it at Tynron (VC72).
 
During 1975-76 it was caught twelve times at the Rothamsted station at Caerlaverock. Further records came from this site during 1995-2004. From 1995 to 2010, Kirkton (VC72), Mersehead RSPB, Kirkcudbright and both sides of Auchencairn Bay produced most of the records, with a scattering of other record, of which three occurred in Wigtownshire at Forest Moor, Claymoddie and Moss of Cree.
 
Life cycle
One generation. Overwinters as a pupa underground. Larvae August to September, feeding at night.
 
Larval foodplants
Larvae feed on several herbaceous plants, including Common Sea-lavender, Greater Plantain and goosefoots.
 
Identification
The often solid, dark tooth-like mark in the centre of the forewing, with no black bar or line is diagnostic.
 
Habitat
Wide range of habitats, especially damp habitats such as saltmarsh, wet grassland and moorland.
© Keith Naylor, Southwick Coast SWT, 7 June 2006

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