73.175 (2338) Rufous Minor Oligia versicolor (Borkhausen, 1792)

Status
Resident. Local.
 
Flight period
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History
The first for the region was when F. W. Smith caught one on 28th June 1943 at Closeburn (E. W. Classey, The Entomologists' Gazette 1: 51).
 
Sir Arthur Duncan (1909-84) during his lifetime had found it at Closeburn and Tynron.
 
During 1975-82 there two records from Caerlaverock, three from Waterside Mains at Keir, and a single from Bridge of Dee Rothamsted stations. Then, from 1985 to 1993, thirty eight records were recorded from the Mabie Forest station.
 
Confirmed records from 1997 to 2010 occurred at Kirkton and Durisdeer (VC72), Carruchan Moss and Mersehead RSPB (VC73).
 
Life cycle
One generation, but a month later than England. Overwinters as a larva during August to spring, pupating among the roots of the foodplant.
 
Larval foodplants
Unknown in the wild.
 
Identification
Although the criteria laid out in Waring (2009) and Skinner (2009) will probably identify it, genitalia examination is required for confirmation.
 
Habitat
A wide variety of grassy sites, including coastal cliffs, heathland and woodland, but not urbanised areas.
 
Recorders' notes
Only select a minimum of specimens to determine to species level at new sites.
Male © Keith Naylor, Mersehead RSPB, 22 July 2005

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