73.207 (2233) Golden-rod Brindle Xylena solidaginis (Hübner, [1803])

Status
Resident. Scarce.
 
Flight period
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History
Somerville (1858) while on a visit to the Moffat area (VC72) in August of that year had lured one to sugar. Gordon (1913) stated it was not uncommon at sugar and heather blossom around Corsemalzie (VC74). W. S. Brocklehurst informed Gordon that he had had a number at sugar at Park Place, Glenluce. Earliest date was 14th August 1897. Archibald Russell (1944) while resident at Gatehouse of Fleet during 1942-43 had found it nearby.
 
In 1975 it was found at Murray's birthplace and also at Moffat, with another in 1976 on Raeburn Flow.
 
In 1993 it appeared in Dalbeattie Forest, and five were found on Durisdeer Rig in August and September, 1998. Early September 2005 one was trapped at Kirkconnell Flow NNR at a Grey Daggers Moth Group field meeting. In early August 2010 one was found at Boreland (VC72). Another was netted on Kelhead Flow on 26th August 2014.
 
Life cycle
One generation. Overwinters as an egg. Larvae are present during late April to July and can be found resting on the foodplant. Pupation takes place in a cocoon under soil or moss.
 
Larval foodplants
Most moorland plants.
 
Identification
The large and conspicuous kidney-mark, with the jagged outermost cross line, complete with several long black arrowheads pointing inwards on cold-grey and whitish forewings, should aid identity.
 
Habitat
Upland scrub, open woodland and moorland.
© Richard Mearns, Kelhead Flow, 26 August 2014

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