70.254 (1933) Scarce Umber Agriopis aurantiaria (Hübner, [1799])

Status
Resident. Local
 
Flight period
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History
Lennon (1863) had found it at Lochaber in the Mabie Forest (VC73). Gordon (1919) found it to be not uncommon at light, along woodsides at dusk and at rest on hedges, taking fifteen between 26th November and 11th December 1910 at Corsemalzie, Wigtownshire.
 
Archibald Russell (1944) listed it as occurring near Gatehouse of Fleet (VC73) during the years 1942-43. Sir Arthur Duncan (1909-84) during his lifetime had found it at Tynron (VC72).
 
During 1974-92 five of the Rothamsted stations recorded ninety records between them, the Caerlaverock and Newton Stewart stations not recording it.
 
Seven individuals were trapped at Bargaly Lodge in late 1992, and another trapped at Kirkton in 1995.
 
There were larvae records from Hannaston Wood and Ravenshall Wood in June, 1996, when the Scottish Entomologists' meeting was held in the area, with an adult trapped at Carsfad near Dalry in December, 1996.
 
One was trapped at Hightae Mill Loch, Lochmaben, during 2003, with further records the following year from Durisdeer in January and Closeburn in November. Two were found at Crossmichael in December 2010.
 
Life cycle
One generation. Overwinters as an egg on the foodplant. Larvae are present from April to the middle of June.
 
Larval foodplants
Hawthorns, Pedunculate Oak, birches, limes, Blackthorn, English Elm, sallows and Hornbeam.
 
Identification
Male is distinctive, female is flightless.
 
Habitat
Mature woodland with broadleaved trees.
 
Recorders' notes
Please record the sex as the female is flightless.
© Alison Robertson, Glencaple, 21 September 2009

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