73.165 (2329) The Confused Apamea furva britannica Cockayne, 1950 

Status
Resident. Scarce.
 
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 (1913) found it not uncommon at sugar; he also recorded it at dusk in the meadows around Corsemalzie during late June. Earliest date was 18th June 1906. Additional to MOGBI for VC74. Duncan & Cunningham (1952) gave a general statement of its presence around Dumfries.
 
In 1977 the Bridge of Dee Rothamsted station recorded a series of records in the latter half of June through July, likewise, Mabie Forest had a series in 1987; these being the only RIS data.
 
From 1988 to 2014 there are records from 20 widespread sites, from Carrifran (VC72) in the far east to Port Kale (VC74) in the west, proving it is very thinly scattered over a wide area.
 
Life cycle
One generation. Overwinters as a larva underground during September to June. During the day the larva hides underground, with pupation taking place in the soil without a cocoon.
 
Larval foodplants
Larvae feed on the roots and stems of various grasses, including Rough Meadow Grass and Wood Meadow Grass.
 
Identification
The dull, mousy-brown forewing with a tuft of scales near the base of the trailing edge are key factors.
 
Habitat
Grassland.
 
Recorders' notes
Care needed in separating from Dusky Brocade.
© Peter Norman, Torr peninsula, Auchencairn, 28 July 2011

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