73.087 (2385) Small Mottled Willow Spodoptera exigua (Hübner, [1808])

Status
Immigrant. Scarce.
 
Flight period
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History
First recorded by Sir Arthur Duncan (1909-84) who during his lifetime had found it at Tynron, Dumfriesshire.
 
The second was trapped in Dumfries by Robin Knill-Jones on 10th July 1982.
 
During 1993-2006 it was trapped nearly annually at Kirkton, missing in six of those years. In 1997 it was trapped on the Eskrigg Nature Reserve at Lockerbie, and also at Durisdeer in 1999.
 
The first for Kirkcudbrightshire was trapped at Castlemuir Point on 6th August 2003, with further records for that VC when fifteen were trapped in three traps on 18th August 2006 at Mersehead RSPB.
 
There were five records from Forest Moor, Wigtownshire, during June-August, 2006, which were the first for that VC.
 
Life cycle
June to October is the main arrival time.
 
Larval foodplants
Dandelion, Common Restharrow, docks and Groundsel.
 
Identification
The narrow forewings that are wrapped around the body help to separate it from other 'Mottled Willows,' together with the pale pink or orange oval and kidney-mark.
 
Habitat
Has been trapped at coastal sites, woodland and gardens.
 
Recorders' notes
Specimen or quality photo required for record acceptance.
© Keith Naylor, Mersehead RSPB, 18 August 2006

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