70.081 (1768) Grey Pine Carpet Thera obeliscata (Hübner, [1787])

Status
Resident. Common.
 
Flight period
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History
Due to much confusion with other Thera species historically, there were no records recorded until Sir Arthur Duncan found it at Closeburn, Tynron and Castlehill, Dumfries (VC72) sometime between 1930-81 (BRC data).
 
During 1974-93 there were just over 200 records from all of the Rothamsted stations. Of the remaining 350 records during 1992-2010, it was regularly trapped at Kirkton and Durisdeer (VC72) and at Carsfad near Dalry, with other records from widely scattered sites across the region, proving it to be widespread and common.
 
Life cycle
Two generations. Overwinters as a larva, during September to June, again July and August, with pupation underground.
 
Larval foodplants
Larvae feed on wide range of conifers including pines, spruces and cypresses.
 
Identification
The central cross-band on the forewing is always narrowed, not pinched out, towards the trailing edge.
 
Habitat
Conifer plantations and other habitats where the foodplants are found.
 
Recorders' notes
Great care needed in separating the Thera species.
© Keith Naylor, Dalbeattie, 29 June 2009

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