73.100 (2391) Silky Wainscot Chilodes maritimus (Tauscher, 1806)

Status
Resident. Rare.
 
Flight period
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History
Two records of this moth which is gradually moving north and has also been recorded from the Scottish Borders.
 
The first record came in 2005 when one was trapped at Glenearly Caravan Park on 7th July. The second was trapped at a joint RSPB/SWT field meeting at Clonyard Loch on 28th June 2010, with the photo verified by Roy Leverton. One was trapped on Old Torr in June 2014 (form bipunctata) and another at Fisher's Blush, near Caerlaverock in July 2015.
 
Life cycle
One generation. Overwinters as a larva, which is predatory and omnivorous.
 
Larval foodplants
Dead or alive invertebrates and the tissues inside Common Reed stems.
 
Identification
The pale greyish-straw forewing that is dusted with black along the costa, which is curved, the small size, all serve to identify it. Beware that certain micro-moths look similar, but have much longer palps.
 
Habitat
Reedbeds.
 
Recorders' notes
Specimen or quality photo required for record acceptance.
© Keith Naylor, Clonyard, 27 June 2010
© Peter Norman, Old Torr, June 2014, f. bipunctata

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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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