73.171 (2342) Rosy Minor Litoligia literosa (Haworth, 1809)

Status
Resident. Common.
UK BAP Priority Species.
 
Flight period
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History
Buchanan White (1895) listed it as occurring in Colvend parish. Gordon (1913) stated it to be not uncommon in ragwort at Glenluce golf course, during late July 1905.
 
Sir Arthur Duncan (1909-84) during his lifetime had found it at Closeburn and Castlehill, Dumfries (all VC72).
 
During 1975-77 there were thirty records at five of the Rothamsted stations, Waterside Mains being the odd one out. Strangely, there were no further records, even from the Mabie Forest station.
 
From 1987 to 2010 a hundred records were noted, the majority from the regular trapped sites at Kirkton, Mersehead RSPB and Old Torr, but others were frm widespread sites across the region.
 
Life cycle
One generation. Overwinters as a larva, during September to early June, feeding firstly on the roots, then latterly inside the stems. Pupation is in a cocoon close to the ground.
 
Larval foodplants
Various grasses.
 
Identification
The forewing colour combination of grey, pinkish or reddish brown is unique.
 
Habitat
Grasslands, fens, gardens and sand-dunes.
© Keith Naylor, Kippford Holiday Park, 8 August 2006

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