70.063 (1740) Galium Carpet Epirrhoe galiata ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

Status
Resident. Scarce.
UK BAP Priority Species.
 
Flight period
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History
Lennon (1863) stated that it was not common, but that it had occurred at Glen Mills (VC73). K. J. Morton of Edinburgh (1900) whilst on a visit in July 1899 to Wigtownshire had found this species in the Monreith area. Gordon (1919) found it scarce, but it had been taken singularly at Corsemalzie, Garheugh and Luce Bay, Wigtownshire, during July.
 
Sir Arthur Duncan had found it at Tynron (VC72) on 15th July 1943. Since then, a record in 1974 from Meikle Ross (VC73), which also hosted the moth in 1998 and 2002, and a record in 1990 at Portpatrick. But the rest of the small amount of records is during the period 1997-2009 from widespread sites.
 
Life cycle
One generation. It overwinters as a pupa. Larvae present June and July.
 
Larval foodplants
Heath Bedstraw, Hedge Bedstraw and Lady's Bedstraw.
 
Identification
The leading edge of the forewing being slightly concave is diagnostic for this geometrid.
 
Habitat
Primarily found on coastal slopes where bedstraws Galium the larval foodplants, are common, but also recorded on inland grassland.
© Keith Naylor per A B Duncan, Tynron, 15 July 1943

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