70.173 (1825) Lime-speck Pug Eupithecia centaureata ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

Status
Resident. Scarce.
 
Flight period
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History
Buchanan White of Perth (1895) listed it as occurring in Colvend and Southwick parishes (VC73). 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 rather common on Kirkmaiden shore (VC74) in July 1899. On 18th July 1905 he also found it not uncommon on flowers of ragwort at dusk near the Glenluce golf course, Wigtownshire.
 
Sir Arthur Duncan (1909-84) during his lifetime had found it at Colvend and Southerness (VC73). While in 1972 one was caught at Sandhead (VC74). The Rothamsted station at Caerlaverock recorded it twice in 1975 and the only other RIS data is of two caught in 1980 at Waterside Mains station at Keir (VC72).
 
From 1994 to 2010 the regular trapped site at Kirkton produced a numnber of records with another from Caerlaverock being the only VC72 records during this period. The remaining thirty records came from mainly coastal sites in Kirkcudbrightshire and Wigtownshire.
 
Status unclear for VC73 and 74 in Riley & Prior (2003).
 
Life cycle
One generation. Overwinters as a pupa. Larvae are present June to October.
 
Larval foodplants
A wide variety of low growing plants where it feeds on the flowers.
 
Identification
Very distinctive.
 
Habitat
A variety of open inland sites; coastal saltmarshes as well.
© Keith Naylor, Mersehead RSPB, 22 July 2005

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