70.092 (1757) The Spinach Eulithis mellinata (Fabricius, 1787)

Status
Resident. Rare.
UK BAP Priority Species.
 
Flight period
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History
The earliest notification of this species is published in Stephens (1829) with the Rev. William Little recording it at Raehills (VC72).
 
Gordon (1919) had only two specimens to record, one taken near his garden on 22nd July 1906, the other in his garden, Corsemalzie on 14th July 1910.
 
Two further records in 1976 from the Bridge of Dee Rothamsted station, with a further RIS record in 1988 from Mabie Forest.
 
Further records were on Threave Estate (VC73) in 1995, Durisdeer (VC72) in 1997, Carsfad at Dalry (VC73) in 2004, Corsock (VC73) in 2005, Moss of Cree (VC74) in 2009 and a further two from Durisdeer in 2010.
 
Life cycle
One generation. Overwinters as an egg on its foodplant. Pupation takes place on the ground or among spun leaves on the foodplant.
 
Larval foodplants
Larvae feed on Black Currant and Red Currant.
 
Identification
The unique resting posture of wings held out flat and away from the abdomen which is curled upwards, is shared only with the Barred Straw. The chequered fringes should separate it from the latter.
 
Habitat
Lowland gardens and woodland.
 
Recorders' notes
Quality photo or specimen required for record acceptance.
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