73.047 (2291) The Coronet Craniophora ligustri ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

Status
Resident. Local.
 
Flight period
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History
Lennon (1863) stated that it was not common, but that it had occurred at Terregles (VC72). Douglas Robinson (1870-71) had found it common during July on Almorness (VC73). He also found the larvae in August and September. Gordon (1913) had found The Coronet to be fairly common some seasons at sugar at Corsemalzie, especially in 1896, 1898-1905, but he added that it had gone scarce since then. Earliest date was 6th June 1896.
 
Sir Arthur Duncan (1909-84) during his lifetime had found it at Closeburn, Tynron and Castlehill, Dumfries (all VC72). Archibald Russell (1944) listed it as occurring near Gatehouse of Fleet (VC73) during the years 1942-43.
 
One Rothamsted record each from Penninghame (VC74) in 1976 and Waterside Mains at Keir in 1980. Regular trapping on the Hensol Estate (VC73) 1981-84, Kirkton (VC72) 1994-2000, and Cally Woods (VC73) 1998-2000, amassed about thirty records, proving its scarcity. The only record since 1976 in Wigtownshire was trapped at Forest Moor in June, 2006.

Melanic form ab. coronula Haworth
On 25th June 2013 one of the f. coronula was trapped at Courance (VC72).
 
Life cycle
One generation. Overwinters as a pupa. Larvae during July to September.
 
Larval foodplants
Larvae feed on many herbaceous and woody plants.
 
Identification
The fine white marbling on the thorax and on the brownish-purplish forewing, forming a blotch beyond the kidney-mark which resembles a crown, is diagnostic.
 
Habitat
Wide range of open habitats.
© Keith Naylor, Wood of Cree RSPB, 19 June 2004
© Brian Henderson, Courance, 25 June 2013, f. coronula

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