73.048 (2397) Small Yellow Underwing Panemeria tenebrata (Scopoli, 1763)

Status
Resident? Rare.
 
Flight period
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History
Gordon (1913) caught one flying on the moor near Kennel Wood, Corsemalzie, at about mid-day in 1895. Others were seen in late June and mid July. But, I think a mistake has been made here because the habitat for this species is flower rich grassland and it only flies to early June.
 
The only record worthwhile of consideration is F. H. Day's, when he saw it on the hillsides at Kippford in early June 1941 (F. H. Day, The Entomologist's Record and Journal of Variation 53: 95-95).
 
Life cycle
One generation. Overwinters as a pupa, in an underground cocoon. Larvae are present June and July.
 
Larval foodplants
Larvae feed on Common Mouse-ear and Field Mouse-ear seed capsules.
 
Identification
A very distinctive macro-moth, but Pyrausta aurata, a day-flying micro-moth from the Pyralid family is the confusion species.
 
Habitat
Flower-rich grassland, like hay-meadows, roadside verges and soft-rock sea-cliffs.
 
Recorders' notes
Care required to identify from similar looking micro moth.
Specimen or quality photo required for record acceptance.
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