73.302 (2204) Obscure Wainscot Leucania obsoleta (Hübner, [1803])

Status
Resident. Local.
 
Flight period
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History
The first record came on 9th June 2002 at Auchencairn, with further records in 2003, 2004, 2008 and 2010.
 
During 2010 it was also trapped on the other side of Auchencairn Bay at Old Torr on two separate occasions in June. There is one other record from Kirkcudbright, adjacent to the estuary, also in 2010.

The first record for Dumfriesshire was one trapped at Caerlaverock NNR on 5 June 2016.
 
Life cycle
One generation. Overwinters as a full grown larva, during July to April, generally in a hollow broken stem. Pupation takes place in the spring inside Common Reed.
 
Larval foodplants
Common Reed.
 
Identification
The white veins with a white spot at the end of one of them, on brownish forewings, with also a row of curved brown dots diagonally across should aid identity.
 
Habitat
So far in Dumfries & Galloway, recorded only in estuarine reedbeds, but elsewhere in Britain this species is also known to occur in freshwater reedbeds. May also be trapped in adjacent habitats.
 
Recorders' notes
Specimen or quality photo if found at other sites than those above mentioned.
© Peter Norman, Auchencairn, 18 June 2010

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