70.108 (1796) Pale November Moth Epirrita christyi (Allen, 1906)

Status
Resident. Common.
 
Flight period
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History
First recorded by Sir Arthur Duncan at Tynron (VC72) on 18th October 1946, followed by further specimens, one in October 1951, also Tynron, and another from Closeburn in October 1970.
 
During 1975 E. C. Pelham-Clinton found it at Sanquhar and Scaur Water (VC72).
 
During 1976-90 all seven Rothamsted stations recorded nearly 150 records between them.
 
From 1994 to 2010 there were only thirty records, with none of them having their genitalia checked.
 
Life cycle
One generation. Overwinters as an egg. Larvae are present late April to June, with pupation underground.
 
Larval foodplants
Many broadleaved trees and shrubs.
 
Identification
Use the criteria explained in Waring et al (2009) and Skinner (2009) to identify the males, but if worn, genitalia examination is necessary. Even this method is useless for females, but rearing from eggs might lead to the males being determined.
 
Habitat
Prefers mature deciduous woodland where beech is dominant.
 
Recorders' notes
Only take a minimum of specimens for determination at any one site.
© Keith Naylor per A B Duncan, Tynron, 18 October 1946

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