70.238 (1918) Lunar Thorn Selenia lunularia (Hübner, [1788])

Status
Resident. Local.
 
Flight period
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History
Buchanan White of Perth (1895) listed it as occurring in Colvend and Southwick parishes (VC73). Gordon (1919) found it not uncommon at light at Corsemalzie, having taken a fine series from 16th to 26th May 1911. Earliest date was 17th May 1912. Sir Arthur Duncan (1909-84) during his lifetime had found it at Closeburn, Tynron and Castlehill, Dumfries (all VC72). Archibald Russell (1944) listed it as occurring near Gatehouse of Fleet (VC73) during the years 1942-43. Cunningham (1947) in the Transactions found it at Mabie Forest (VC73) on 31st May 1947.
 
There were a series of records from Irvine House Lodge, Auchenrivock (VC72). During 1975-92 six of the Rothamsted stations, except Caerlaverock, amassed 150 records in that period. Trapping on the Hensol Estate during 1983-85 produced a series of records.
 
The regular trapped sites at Kirkton, Durisdeer, Cally Woods, Carsfad at Dalry and Forest Moor produced most of the remaing records, with a small selection of other records from sites across the region.
 
Life cycle
One generation. Overwinters as a pupa. Larvae are present late June to late August.
 
Larval foodplants
Ash, birches, Blackthorn, dog-rose, elms and oaks to name a few.
 
Identification
The lack of a dark central spot on the upperwing close to the outer edge is diagnostic.
 
Habitat
Open woodland and scrub.
© Peter Norman, Kirkcudbright, 11 May 2004

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