70.199 (1882) Small Seraphim Pterapherapteryx sexalata (Retzius, 1783)

Status
Resident. Rare.
 
Flight period
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History
The Gordon brothers caught three specimens at Sallow in Kennel Wood, Corsemalzie, in July 1910.
 
Two more were caught at Penninghame Rothamsted station in June 1976, all the above in Wigtownshire. Close to the border at Cordorcan (VC73) one was caught and exhibited at BENHS on 27th October 1979 by K. P. Bland.
 
Another was caught in Mabie Forest in late June 1986 (RIS data), with three records in 1996, another at Mabie with the other two from Castle Loch at Lochmaben.
 
Two more were caught in 2006 at Kirkton, near Dumfries and 4 at Caerlaverock NNR on 5 June 2016.
 
Life cycle
Overwinters as a pupa with larva appearing in mid-August to mid-September. 
 
Larval foodplants
Sallows.
 
Identification
A generally grey and white moth that has a broad grey cross-band that fades towards the dorsum, with a black spot on the inner edge of the band close to the dorsum.
 
Habitat
Broadleaved damp woodland, but also fens and other marshy sites.
 
Recorders' notes
Specimen or quality photo required for record acceptance.

© Alison Robertson, Caerlaverock NNR, 5 June 2016
© Keith Naylor per K P Bland, Cordorcan, 28 July 1979

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