73.299 (2201) Shore Wainscot Mythimna litoralis (Curtis, 1827)

Status
Resident. Rare.
 
Flight period
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History
First recorded when it was found at Sandhead on 23rd June 1972 (BRC data). Another was found at Stranraer on 9th July 1977. During late July 1984 three specimens were caught at Torrs Warren by Sir Arthur Duncan and now reside at National Museums Scotland. All Wigtownshire.
Finally, one was caught at Mersehead RSPB on 19th July 2011.
 
Life cycle
One generation. Overwinters as a small larva in the sand during August to end of May, hiding by day there and feeding at night. Pupation takes place in the sand.
 
Larval foodplants
Marram.
 
Identification
Unmistakeable with its brilliant white hindwing.
 
Habitat
Coastal sand-dunes and beaches.
 
Recorders' notes
This a very rare species and is worth targeting the areas to see if still present.
 
Specimen or quality photo required for record acceptance.
© S. Morgan, Mersehead RSPB, 19 July 2011
© Keith Naylor per A B Duncan, Torrs Warren, 19 July 1984

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  • Butterfly Conservation - Macro-moth provisional distribution for the British Isles (excluding the Republic of Ireland) from the National Moth Recording Scheme
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