73.092 (2387) Mottled Rustic Caradrina morpheus (Hufnagel, 1766)

Status
Resident. Local.
UK BAP Priority Species.
 
Flight period
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History
K. J. Morton of Edinburgh (1900) whilst on a visit in July 1899 to Wigtownshire had found this species in the Monreith area. Gordon (1913) found it rather scarce at sugar and garden, but appeared occasionally in sheds around Corsemalzie (VC74) during June. Earliest date was 23rd June 1899. William Evans received specimens from Mowat, the Killantringan lighthouse keeper during 1914 to aid his insect migration studies.
 
During 1976-87, five of the seven Rothamsted stations recorded sixty records between them, Bridge of Dee and Penninghame being the odd ones out. The remaining 160 records during 1993 to 2010 have mostly come from Kirkton and Mersehead RSPB, with a few from Forest Moor (VC74) and the Old Torr/Auchencairn area.
 
Life cycle
One generation. Overwinters as a fully grown larva in an underground cocoon, from which it pupates in the spring.
 
Larval foodplants
Common Nettle, docks, teasels, Hedge Bedstraw to name a few.
 
Identification
The blurred kidney-mark and oval, with the whiter hindwing should help to identify it.
 
Habitat
Lowland areas and coastal sites.
© Brian Hammond, Dornockbrow, June 2011
© John Clark, Sandgreen, 21 June 2014

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