70.026 (1694) Smoky Wave Scopula ternata (Schrank, 1802)

Status
Resident. Local.
 
Flight period
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History
Gordon (1919) found it to be locally common, on moorlands all over the district where Bog Myrtle occurs, during 1898-1911 when he recorded from around Corsemalzie (VC74). As did Morton (1900) who stated it was common on bogs near Monreith (VC74).
 
The first for VC73 was when Russell (1944) found it near Gatehouse-of-Fleet, then there were a further two records for Kirkcudbrightshire in the early 1970s, one being at Brigton in July 1971, the other on the Silver Flowe. Sir Arthur Duncan found it at a few sites in Dumfriesshire during his lifetime (1930-81).
 
With the setting up of the Rothamsted stations in the mid 1970s five of the seven stations provided forty records during 1974-92. Up to five having been caught in any one trap, but usually just ones and twos.
 
From 1992 to 2010 another forty records were logged, this time from widely scattered sites across the region.
 
Life cycle
One generation. Overwinters as a larva during August to late May, with pupation taking place in plant debris close to ground level.
 
Larval foodplants
Larvae feed on Heather and Bilberry.
 
Identification
Similar to Lesser Cream Wave but without any dots on the wings, which are dull greyish white, with fine speckling of grey-brown.
 
Habitat
Heathland, moorland and bogs.
© Richard Mearns, Craigeach Moor, 9 July 2011

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