73.255 (2145) The Nutmeg Anarta trifolii (Hufnagel, 1766)

Status
Resident. Rare.
 
Flight period
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History
J. Garraway informed Gordon (1913) that he had taken several at sugar in wood by Loch Elrig, Mochrum, Wigtownshire, in July 1904.
 
In August 1978 one was found at Kirkandrews Bay (VC73) followed by the only RIS record from Mabie Forest in August 1992. Two were found in August, 1996, at Mersehead RSPB.
 
The only record in the first decade of the 21st century was found at Kirriereoch in late June, 2008.
 
Life cycle
One generation. Overwinters as a pupa, in an underground cocoon. Larvae are present during August and September.
 
Larval foodplants
Goosefoots, Common Orache and other closely related plants
 
Identification
Care required to separate from Dusky Brocade, but that species is larger with a broader forewing.
 
Habitat
Coastal areas, open woodland, waste-ground and fens.
 
Recorders' notes
Specimen or quality photo required for record acceptance.
© Keith Naylor

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