70.265 (1941) Mottled Beauty Alcis repandata repandata (Linnaeus, 1758)

Status
Resident. Common.
 
Flight period
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History
Lennon (1863) had found it at Kirkconnell (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) had found it scarce at Corsemalzie, but it was not uncommon at Monreith, Alticry and Portpatrick, Wigtownshire, on tree trunks and flying at dusk. He had also collected larvae from roadside heather at Alticry, 1st May 1906. Earliest date was 2nd July 1912.
 
Sir Arthur Duncan (1909-84) during his lifetime had found it at Closeburn, Tynron and Castlehill, Dumfries (all VC72) and Kirkconnell Flow (VC73). Archibald Russell (1944) listed it as occurring near Gatehouse of Fleet (VC73) during the years 1942-43.
 
During 1974 -93 there were three hundred records from all seven of the Rothamsted stations, proving it a widespread species. The regular trapped sites at Kirkton, Durisdeer, Cally Woods, Mersehead RSPB and Forest Moor have contributed a lot of the six hundred records during this period, with others from a wide variety of sites spread across the region.
 
Life cycle
One generation. Overwinters as a small larva on the foodplant, during late August to May.
 
Larval foodplants
A wide variety of wood plants, including hawthorns, birches and spruces.
 
Identification
In Mottled Beauty the postmedian line on the upperside of the forewing is sinuous and wavy whereas in Willow Beauty it is jagged (dentate) along the whole length.
 
Habitat
Very abundant in woodland and moorland, but also likes gardens and hedgerows.
© Keith Naylor, Dalbeattie, 7 June 2008

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