70.263 (1939) Ringed Carpet Cleora cinctaria cinctaria ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

Resident? Rare.
Nationally Scarce.
Flight period

The first for Dumfriesshire was recorded by Cunningham (1947) in the Transactions who found it on the Lochar Moss on 4th May 1946 with R. Waugh. The following year along with F. W. Smith they took some freshly emerged specimens from Lochar Moss on 16th May.
In the early 1970s it was found twice, once in the Glentrool area (VC74) and once at Clatteringshaw's (VC73) (BRC data). A further three records occurred in 1976 at the Rothamsted station at Penninghame (VC74).
Waring, Townsend & Lewington (2003) record it for VC72 in 1986 with records from VC73 and 74. The record for 1986 at Mabie Forest, near Dumfries, quoted above, was claimed as the first for Dumfriesshire (A. M. Riley, The Entomologist's Record and Journal of Variation 99: 160), but the site is in Kirkcudbrightshire. This male was caught at the Rothamsted station operating there. Further specimens were caught during 1988-90 at this same station.
Life cycle
One generation. It overwinters as a pupa, in plant debris just below the surface. Larvae are present late May to early August.
Larval foodplants
Larvae feed on birches, heathers, Blaeberry and Bog Myrtle.
It is quite possible that this species is being overlooked in this region as worn examples can appear very similar to The Engrailed and Small Engrailed. The much straighter costa and more pointed forewing apices of cinctaria should support identification, despite the condition of the specimens being worn.
Sub-species bowesi is generally whiter and greyer than the nominate race and is likely to be the only form found in Dumfries & Galloway.
Damp heathland and bogs.
Recorder's notes
Specimen or quality photo required for record acceptance.
© Alison Robertson, Glencaple, 3 May 2009

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