70.295 (1970) Grass Wave Perconia strigillaria (Hübner, [1787])

Status
Resident. Scarce.
 
Flight period
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History
Lennon (1863) stated that it was not common, but that it had occurred near Tinwald Downs (VC72). All Gordon (1919) had to record was that he beat a single female from the heather on Low Moor, Corsemalzie, Wigtownshire on 27th June 1904.
 
Sir Arthur Duncan (1909-84) during his lifetime had found it at Lochar (VC72) and Kirkconnell Flow (VC73).
 
It was 1996 before it appeared again, with one from Hightae Moss (VC72), with the only other record from Dumfriesshire being from Raeburn Flow in 2004. Other records during 1996-2010 were from Carsegown Moss, Moss of Cree and Torrs Warren (VC74), and Mersehead RSPB, Kirkconnell Flow NNR, Silver Flowe NNR, Auchenlosh Bog and Aucheninnes Moss (VC73).
 
Life cycle
One generation. Overwinters as a larva during August to late May.
 
Larval foodplants
Bell Heather, Broom, Heather and Petty Whin.
 
Identification
Four prominent stripes across the forewing which has a straighter costa than Common Wave and Common White Wave, is larger than those two with the male having feathered antennae.
 
Habitat
Most Dumfries & Galloway records are from raised bogs, but also found on moorland, heathland and open woodland areas with adjacent heath.
© John Clark, Carsegowan Moss, 22 June 2013

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