70.072 (1744) Grey Mountain Carpet Entephria caesiata ([Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775])

Status
Resident. Common.
UK BAP Priority Species.
 
Flight period
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History
Lennon (1863) stated it was not common, though had recorded it from near Dalscone (VC72), but in 1874 Robinson-Douglas of Orchardton said it was plentiful on the surrounding moors. William Jardine found it in Mabie Forest on 2nd August 1874, whilst, Buchanan White (1895) also recorded it from Colvend parish (VC73). Gordon (1919) stated it to be "scarce on rocks on the moors, probably more numerous on the moors bordering Ayrshire."
 
Sir Arthur Duncan (1909-84) saw it at Tynron, Townhead, Kettleton and Closeburn during his lifetime. Archibald Russell found it at Gatehouse in the 1940s and E. C. Pelham-Clinton recorded it in the 1960s at Annanhead.
 
Three records from the Rothamsted stations of Gatehouse and Penninghame during the 1970s. From the 1990s onwards it is still being found in suitable habitat.
 
Life cycle
One generation. Overwinters as a small larva, during August to May, with pupation taking place low down on the foodplant.
 
Larval foodplants
Larvae feed on heathers and Blaeberry.
 
Identification
Care is needed to separate Grey Mountain Carpet from Yellow-ringed Carpet but the cross-band across the forewing is prominent and edged with white.
 
Habitat
Mountains and moorland with exposed rocks where it likes to rest.
© Keith Naylor per A B Duncan, Kettleton, 13 July 1978
© Richard Mearns, Loch Fell, Moffat, 11 July 2014

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