73.235 (2255) Feathered Ranunculus Polymixis lichenea lichenea (Hübner, [1813])

Resident. Local.
Flight period

Gordon (1913) was informed by Miss D. Jackson of one specimen caught at the Mull of Galloway Lighthouse in 1909 and another in 1910. These records for VC74 were not included in MOGBI.
Duncan & Cunningham (1952) recorded the next which was of two caught at Tynron on 1st September 1951, being the first for Dumfriesshire (VC72) and well inland. In 1974 a male was caught at the Rothamsted station at Gatehouse-of-Fleet in mid-September, with another male at the Bridge of Dee site on 22nd September 1976. Another inland record followed in 1989 when one was caught at the Mabie Forest station in mid-September (all VC73).
1994 produced one on Rough Island (VC73). Five were caught at Mull of Galloway (VC74) during mid-September 1998, with one the following year in Cally Woods and 23 at Torrs Heughs, Sandyhills (VC73).
At Garheugh Cliffs (VC74) thirty were caught on 25th September 2000, and the following year a lone male, while sixteen were trapped at Burrow Head (VC74) along with six at Torrs Heughs, Sandyhills in September 2003. In 2006 twenty were trapped at Meikle Ross on 23rd September 2006. While at Sandgreen one was trapped in September 2009 and another in October 2010.
Life cycle
One generation. Overwinters as a small larva in vegetation at ground level. Larvae appear October to May, feeding at night, with pupation underground.
Larval foodplants
Larvae feed on various herbaceous plants including Thrift, Sea Plantation and Biting Stonecrop.
Mainly coastal.
Recorders' notes
See References for major article in Glasgow Naturalist by Gregory et al.
© John Clark, Brighouse Bay, 15 October 2010

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