70.229 (1909) Speckled Yellow Pseudopanthera macularia (Linnaeus, 1758)

Resident. Common.
Flight period

Lennon (1860) stated he had found this species around Dumfries whilst out walking this season. By 1863, he had found it at Glen Mills (VC72) and Lochaber in the Mabie Forest (VC73). Buchanan White of Perth (1895) listed it as occurring in Colvend and Southwick parishes (VC73). Gordon (1919) had found it in woods in June near Cairn Ryan and Castle Kennedy in 1912 and 1914 respectively.
Gordon (1919) had only records from when he found it in woods near Cairn Ryan on June 1912, and woods at Castle Kennedy, June 1914.
F. H. Day (1941) while on a three day visit from Cumberland to the Kippford area had found the Speckled Yellow flitting about everywhere. He had never seen it around the Carlisle area. Archibald Russell (1944) listed it as occurring near Gatehouse of Fleet (VC73) during the years 1942-43. Sir Arthur Duncan (1909-84) during his lifetime had found it at Closeburn and Castlehill, Dumfries (VC72).
In the 1980s it was found regularly on Ken-Dee Marshes, and, also, during 1996-97 on a transect walk through Mabie Forest.
In the 1990s and first decade of the 21st century, two hundred records have been amassed, from widely scattered sites across VCs 72 and 73, with just one record from Wigtownshire in Clark Wood.
Life cycle
One generation. Overwinters as a pupa close to the ground or under the surface. Larvae are present from mid June to early August.
Larval foodplants
Wood Sage.
Very distinctive with brown blotches on the yellow wings.
Chiefly open woodland, but also bushy grassland areas.
© Keith Naylor, Mabie Forest, 31 May 2004

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