70.218 (1894) Latticed Heath Chiasmia clathrata clathrata (Linnaeus, 1758)

Status
Resident. Common.
UK BAP Priority Species.
 
Flight period
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History
Lennon (1860) stated he had found four of this species around Dumfries whilst out walking this season. By 1863, Lennon had found it at Caerlaverock and Dalskairth. Robinson-Douglas (1874) had found it easy to rouse them from the bracken in late June, 1894, around Almorness (VC73).
 
Sir Arthur Duncan (1909-84) during his lifetime had found it at Closeburn, and Lochar Moss ( VC72) and at Southerness (VC73). Cunningham (1946-47) on 3rd October 1947 had found a freshly emerge male which begged the question of a third generation in exceptionally fine years.
 
During 1974-93 the Rothamsted stations noted just over fifty records between them. From 1992 to 2010 there were over 120 records from widespread sites across the region.
 
Life cycle
Two overlapping generations. Overwinters as a pupa underground. Larvae are present June to July, again, July and August.
 
Larval Foodplants
Clovers, Lucerne and trefoils.
 
Identification
The crisp network of dark cross-lines and veins on both sides of the wings should aid identity.
 
Habitat
A wide variety of sites where the foodplant is.
© Keith Naylor, Mersehead RSPB, 18 June 2006

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