70.195 (1864) The Streak Chesias legatella ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

Status
Resident. Common.
UK BAP Priority Species.
 
Flight period
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History
Lennon (1863) stated that it was very rare, but that it had occurred at Glen Mills (VC72). Buchanan White of Perth (1895) listed it as occurring in Colvend and Southwick parishes (VC73). Gordon (1919) found it to be rare, having taken only one at Light at Corsemalzie (VC74) on 10th October 1910. However, J. Garraway took several below Alticry Glen (VC74) in September, 1903.
 
Sir Arthur Duncan (1909-84) during his lifetime had found it at Closeburn, Tynron and Castlehill, Dumfries (all VC72). Cunningham (1947) in the 'Transactions' stated that now it was not uncommon and well distributed, recording four for mid-October 1946 and one for late August 1947.
 
During 1974-90 all seven Rothamsted stations recorded 170 records between them.
 
From 1993 to 2010 the regular trapped sites at Kirkton and Carsfad at Dalry provided two thirds of the remaining 120 records during that period, with others from VCs 72 and 73, with Wigtownshire managing just two records, singles at Glenwhan Gardens, Dunragit and Forest Moor.
 
Life cycle
One generation. Overwinters as an egg on Broom. Larvae are present May to June, with pupation taking plaCe underground.
 
Larval foodplants
Broom.
 
Identification
The tented resting position with an obvious pale streak is diagnostic.
 
Habitat
Moorland, heathland and open woodland is preferred.
© Keith Naylor, Tynron Juniper Wood, 1 October 2005

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