70.245 (1663) March Moth Alsophila aescularia ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

Status
Resident. Common.
 
Flight period
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History
Lennon (1863) recorded it as common everywhere around the Dumfries area. Gordon (1919) found the March Moth common at light and on tree trunks during daylight in Wigtownshire. Earliest date was 11th March 1902.
 
Sir Arthur Duncan (1909-84) during his lifetime had found it at Closeburn, Tynron and Castlehill, Dumfries (all VC72). Archibald Russell (1944) whilst staying at Gatehouse of Fleet during 1942-43 listed it as occurring in the area.
 
Most records are from the Rothamsted traps set-up during the mid-1970s, especially in Kirkcudbrightshire.
 
All records refer to males as the female is flightless.
 
Life cycle
One generation. Overwinters as a pupa.
 
Larval foodplants
Larvae feed on many broadleaved trees and shrubs.
 
Identification
Female is flightless.
 
Habitat
Wide range of habitats, the larvae feeding on many broadleaved trees and shrubs.
 
Recorders' notes
Please record the sex if it is a female.
© Peter Norman, Caldons Wood, Glentrool, March 2007

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