72.042 (2039) Red-necked Footman Atolmis rubricollis (Linnaeus, 1758)

Status
Resident. Common.
 
Flight period
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History
Lennon (1863) had found it not common, but had found it on Tinwald Downs (VC72).
 
The next record came from Plantain Loch in Dalbeattie Forest when four were found on 13th June 1992. In 1996, during 4th to 17th July, it was found on Screel Hill, Loch Mackie, Southwick Burn Wood and Longbridgemuir SSSI.
 
From then on until 2010 it had been found annually at a wide variety of sites across the region, including swarms on the Raider's Road on 19th June 2002 when they were fluttering everywhere. During 2003 nesting Pied Flycatcher's fed there young almost exclusively on Red-necked Footman imagos at Penpont (VC72).
 
By late 2003 they had been recorded from twenty-one 10km squares such was the northward spread.
 
Life cycle
One generation. Overwinters as a pupa close to the ground in a cocoon. Larvae are present September and October.
 
Larval foodplants
Larvae feed on lichens growing on trees.
 
Identification
Unmistakeable with the black wings and red collar.
 
Habitat
Broadleaved woodland and conifer plantations.
© Richard Mearns, Glenwhan, 26 June 2005
© Brian Henderson, Courance, 27 September 2011

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