70.041 (1734) July Belle Scotopteryx luridata plumbaria (Fabricius, 1775)

Status
Resident. Scarce.
 
Flight period
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History
Lennon (1863) had found it near The Craigs, Dumfriesshire. 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 to be not uncommon on the moors in Wigtownshire, and also among bracken-covered slopes at the coast at Garheugh and Kirkmaiden, during June.
 
The next record was not until 1976, and up to 1992, no more than a handful were recorded at any one of the five Rothamsted stations during that period. Caerlaverock RIS missing out; but subsequently recording one in 2005.
 
During the 21st century no more than a handful of records have been received in any year.
 
Life cycle
One generation. It overwinters as a larva, during September to May, pupating in a cocoon in plant debris.
 
Larval foodplant
The larval foodplants are Dyer's Greenweed, Broom and Gorse, from which it may be disturbed during the day.
 
Identification
The position of the discal spot on the forewing is the key.
 
Habitat
Open, scrubby habitats on heathland, moorland and the coast.
 
Recorders' notes
Due to the difficulty of separating this species from Lead Belle a voucher specimen or good quality photo is required for record acceptance.
© Keith Naylor, Mersehead RSPB, 26 June 2010

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