70.203 (1661) Orange Underwing Archiearis parthenias (Linnaeus, 1761)

Status
Resident. Local.
 
Flight period
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History
This day-flying moth was first recorded by Sir Arthur Duncan (1909-84) who during his lifetime had found it on Kirkconnell Flow (VC73).
 
During 1981-85 around the Ken-Dee Marshes/Hensol Estate area, there were ten records in that period. Wigtownshire has a colony on Carsegowan Moss, with records in 1993, 1996 and 2000, there.
 
In 1998 it was found at Carruchan Moss and at Brigton Wood, while in 2000 it was recorded from Bargaly Glen. On 15th April 2006 another was seen near Loch Kindar.
 
The first record for Dumfriesshire was not until 2010 when one was found at Nutberry Moss, Eastriggs.
 
Life cycle
One generation. Overwinters as a pupa. Larvae are present April to June.
 
Larval foodplants
Larvae are from April to June on both Downy Birch and Silver Birch.
 
Identification
A distinctive moth in Scotland.
 
Habitat
Birch woodland and other places where birches are found.
 
Recorders' notes
Flies in sunshine around the tops of birches, but afternoon provides the best time to try and see them as they drop to bask on the paths and drink at puddles.
© Richard Mearns, Nutberry Moss, 2 April 2010

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