71.023 (2010) Scarce Prominent Odontosia carmelita (Esper, [1798])

Status
Resident. Scarce.
 
Flight period
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History
The first was found by Sir Arthur Duncan (1909-84) who during his lifetime had found it at Closeburn (VC72).
 
Rothamsted data provided three records from Waterside Mains at Keir in 1976, with a further two in 1981 and a single in 1982. Mabie Forest station also recorded it in 1987 and 1989 singularly.
 
In early May 1991 and 1992 it was trapped at Bargaly Lodge, with another trapped mid-May in 1996 at Kirkton.
 
One came to actinic light in Cally Woods in late April, 1997, with a further two being found in the same period, but in 2002, at Carsfad at Dalry and Carsegowan Moss.
 
On 5th May 2005 it was trapped at Auchencairn Bay.
 
Life cycle
One generation. Overwinters as a pupa. Larvae are present May to July.
 
Larval foodplants
Downy Birch and Silver Birch.
 
Identification
The creamy-white comma shaped mark on the costa near the apex is diagnostic.
 
Habitat
Mature birch woodland.
© Richard Mearns, Kirkton, 13 May 1996
© Stephen Riddell, Maxwelton Mains, 6 May 2013

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