70.087 (1752) Purple Bar Cosmorhoe ocellata (Linnaeus, 1758)

Status
Resident. Common.
 
Flight period
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History
Lennon (1863) stated it was rather common in his 'List of Lepidoptera taken near Dumfries.' K. J. Morton of Edinburgh (1900) whilst on a visit in July 1899 to Wigtownshire had found this species in the Monreith area. Gordon (1919) found it common and generally distributed in gardens and among bracken on the moors in Wigtownshire during July.
 
Archibald Russell (1944) listed it as occurring near Gatehouse of Fleet (VC73) during the years 1942-43. Sir Arthur Duncan (1909-84) during his lifetime had found it at Tynron (VC72).
 
During 1974-92 there were a hundred records from all seven Rothamsted stations confirming it to be widespread.
 
From 1992 to 2010 there were 190 records, with a small number from the regular trapped sites at Kirkton, Durisdeer and Carsfad at Dalry, otherwise the vast majority have come from a variety of well scattered sites across the region, like Carrifran Valley in the east, Abbey Burn Foot in the south, Dunskey Castle in the west and Penpont in the north.
 
Life cycle
Two overlapping generations. Overwinters as a cocooned fully-grown larva. Larvae are present during June to July, and again September to April.
 
Larval foodplants
Bedstraws.
 
Identification
Unmistakeable.
 
Habitat
Woodland, sand-dunes, grassland, heathland and gardens.
© Keith Naylor, Buchan Burn, 13 August 2004

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