70.095 (1760) Red-green Carpet Chloroclysta siterata (Hufnagel, 1767)

Status
Resident. Common.
 
Flight period
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History
Lennon (1863) had found it at the Crichton Institution, Dumfries. Gordon (1919) stated it was scarce, with one being found at a window at home (Corsemalzie) on 5th November 1905. Then, two at the side of Kennel Wood, Corsemalzie, one on 28th September 1898 and one 26th October 1899.
 
Sir Arthur Duncan (1909-84) during his lifetime had found it at Closeburn, Tynron and Castlehill, Dumfries (all VC72).
 
It was trapped in 1973 at Irvine House Lodge, Auchenrivock. Then, during 1974-92 five of the Rothamsted stations recorded eighty records between them, Caerlaverock and Penninghame not recording it.
 
From 1991 to 2010 the regular trapped sites at Kirkton, Durisdeer, Kirkland and Cally woods provided most of the 260 records with others from widely scattered sites across the region.
 
Life cycle
One generation late summer and autumn, with the adult female overwintering, reappearing after hibernation in the spring. Larvae are present June to August, with pupation in plant debris.
 
Larval foodplants
Larvae feed on various trees, especially oaks.
 
Identification
Very variable in colour, but told from other green geometrids by the presence of reddish-brown marbling or streaks on the forewing.
 
Habitat
Broadleaved woodland, scrub, hedgerows, gardens and other places with trees.
© Keith Naylor, Eskdalemuir, 25 September 2005

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