70.076 (1779) Ruddy Highflyer Hydriomena ruberata (Freyer, [1831])

Status
Resident. Local.
 
Flight period
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History
Cunningham (1947) in the Transactions gave us the first record for the region with a record from Comlongan (VC72) on 16th May 1947 by F. W. Smith.
 
The next record occurred sometime between 1970-73 on the Silver Flowe (VC73) being recorded by P. D. Hulme. It was also found at Mochrum (VC74) in September, 1972, presumably larvae. In 1974 it was trapped at Auchenrivock (VC72) mid-May.
 
There was a twenty year wait until it was trapped again, at Kirkton (VC72). Rough Island and Kelton Mill produced specimens in 1995, with it being trapped at Torrs Warren (VC74) in June 1996 and Caerlaverock WWT mid-May 1997.
 
The first fourteen years of the 21st century only produced nine records, five in VC72, the rest in Kirkcudbrightshire.
 
Life cycle
One generation. Overwinters as a pupa. Larvae are present July to September, hiding by day and feeding at night.
 
Larval foodplants
Broadleaved willows.
 
Identification
Care required to separate from other 'highflyers.'
 
Habitat
Moorland, heathland, bogs, marshes and wet woodland.
© Richard Mearns, Holmhead, 26 April 2014
© Richard Mearns, Longbridgemuir, 28 April 2014

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