70.155 (1823) Netted Pug Eupithecia venosata venosata (Fabricius, 1787)

Status
Resident. Rare.
 
Flight period
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History
Buchanan White of Perth (1895) listed it as occurring in Colvend and Southwick parishes (VC73). Gordon (1919) stated that eleven larvae were taken from seed heads of Silene maritima, along Alticry shore, Luce Bay, Wigtownshire.
 
In 1995 four were trapped between 24th June and 5th July at Kirkton (VC72), with singles being trapped in 1996, 1997, 1998 and 2000. Another was trapped in 2000 at the Mull of Galloway on 30th April.
 
Status is unclear for VC73 and 74 in Riley & Prior (2003).
 
Life cycle
One generation. Overwinters as a pupa in loose earth, sometimes taking two seasons. Larvae are present mid-June to late July.
 
Larval foodplants
Bladder Campion and Sea Campion ripening seed capsules.
 
Identification
Unmistakeable, with the nominate race believed to be the one involved.
 
Habitat
Limestone and chalk sites, calcerous sea-cliffs and gardens.
 
Recorders' notes
There is limestone along the Kirkcudbrightshire and Dumfriesshire coastline, so it would be worthwhile checking the seedpods of the foodplant during early July onwards.
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