70.287 (1964) The Annulet Charissa obscurata ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

Status
Resident. Local.
 
Flight period
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History
Buchanan White of Perth (1895) listed it as occurring in Colvend and Southwick parishes (VC73). K. J. Morton of Edinburgh (1900) whilst on a visit in July 1899 to Wigtownshire had found this species in the Monreith area. Gordon (1919) stated it to be fairly common at Corsemalzie and around the coast at Kirkmaiden, Garheugh, Sinniness Head and Monreith, Wigtownshire, flying at dusk and at rest in crevices of rocks. Earliest date was 6th July 1911.
 
Sir Arthur Duncan (1909-84) during his lifetime had found it at Tynron, the only record for Dumfriesshire.
 
The next record was not until 1995 when it was found in the Rockcliffe area (VC73). From 1997-2006 it had occurred annually with a peak of 24 specimens in 1999, but otherwise very small numbers from across the Galloway coast.
 
Identification
Unmistakeable.
 
Life cycle
One generation. Overwinters as a small larva near the bottom of the foodplant during September to late May. Pupates among plant debris or in the earth.
 
Larval foodplants
Larvae feed on Sea Campion, Thrift, Common Rockrose and other herbaceous plants.
 
Habitat
In Dumfries & Galloway, this species is mainly found on rocky coasts.
© Richard Mearns, Craignarget, 10 July 2011

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