73.097 (2382) The Rustic Hoplodrina blanda ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

Status
Resident. Common.
UK BAP Priority Species.
 
Flight period
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History
K. J. Morton of Edinburgh (1900) whilst on a visit in July 1899 to Wigtownshire had found the The Rustic in the Monreith area. Gordon (1913) had found it to be not uncommon at Glenluce golf course, finding it on ragwort 26th July 1905.
 
Sir Arthur Duncan (1909-84) during his lifetime had found it at Castlehill, Dumfries (VC72).
 
During 1976-85 five of the seven Rothamsted stations managed thirty records between them, the Dumfriesshire stations not recording it. Bernard Skinner found it during a visit to Sandhead (VC74) in August, 1987.
 
From 1994 to 2010 there were about 180 records, mainly from the regular trapped sites at Kirkton, Cally Woods, Kirkcudbright, Carsluith and Carsfad at Dalry, with the rest from scattered sites across the region.
 
Life cycle
One generation. Overwinters as a larva, during July to April, with pupation in a cocoon underground.
 
Larval foodplants
Chickweeds, docks and plantains and other broad-leaved herbaceous plants.
 
Identification
Looking across the plane of the forewing it appears smooth and glossy. It also has a cold tone of grey-brown or earth-brown colouration with barely any visible contrast in the reniform stigma and the forewing colour. Great care is needed to identify it from The Uncertain.
 
Habitat
Urban areas and other lowland sites.
© Keith Naylor, Claymoddie, 21 July 2006

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