70.224 (1904) Scorched Wing Plagodis dolabraria (Linnaeus, 1767)

Status
Resident. Local.
 
Flight period
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History
Lennon (1860) stated he had found one of this species around Dumfries whilst out walking this season. By 1863, Lennon had located it at Dalskairth, but said it was very rare. Gordon (1919) found it not uncommon at light in woods around Corsemalzie, Wigtownshire. On 4th September 1910 four full fed larvae were beaten from a young oak tree.
 
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 Closeburn, Tynron and Castlehill, Dumfries (all VC72).
 
At Irvine House Lodge, Auchenrivock, a fine series was trapped through 1974. Then, during 1976-91 five of the Rothamsted stations provided thirty records between them, Caerlaverock and Newton Stewart not recording it.
 
From 1992 to 2010 there one hundred and fifty records with two thirds of them coming from two sites, Kirkton and Cally Woods. Others were trapped at widely scattered sites across the region.
 
Life cycle
One generation. Overwinters as a pupa in a cocoon close to the ground. Larvae are present from July to the middle of September.
 
Larval foodplants
Mainly oaks and birches, but also sallows.
 
Identification
Unmistakeable.
 
Habitat
Woodland and gardens with stands of broadleaved trees.
© Keith Naylor, Clifton Farm, 2 June 2006

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