70.264 (1940) Satin Beauty Deileptenia ribeata (Clerck, 1759)

Status
Resident. Local.
 
Flight period
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History
First record came from Glentrool (VC74) when one was trapped on 6th July 1971 (BRC data).
 
A decade went by before the next at Hensol (VC73) on 27th July 1981. From 1985-88 and again in 1991 it was recorded sparingly at the Rothamsted station in Mabie Forest (VC73).
 
From 1997-2000 it has was recorded in Cally Woods (VC73) and also Durisdeer in 2001. It was an eleven year wait before the next, one at Courance on 16th July 2012. The next was found at Knowtop Lochs SWT on 30th June 2014 with another trapped during a BioBlitz at Knockman Wood on 12th July 2014.
 
Life cycle
One generation. Overwinters as a small larva. Pupates in loose earth.
 
Larval foodplants
Larvae feed on various conifers; possibly also on some broadleaved trees.
 
Identification
The broad rounded forewing with a silky sheen across the wings help to distinguish it from the similar Mottled Beauty.
 
Habitat
Conifer plantations and other woodlands.
 
Recorders' notes
Probably under recorded or mis-identified. Care needed with the Beauties.
© John Clark, Knowetop Lochs, 30 June 2014
© Stephen Riddell, Maxwelton Mains, 21 July 2014

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