73.221 (2268) The Suspected Parastichtis suspecta (Hübner, [1817])

Status
Resident. Scarce.
 
Flight period
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History
Lennon (1863) had found it at Dalskairth. J. Garraway informed Gordon (1913) he had taken several at sugar in Castle of Park, Glenluce, in July, 1901.
 
Sir Arthur Duncan (1909-84) during his lifetime had found it at Closeburn. Archibald Russell (1944) listed it as occurring near Gatehouse of Fleet (VC73) during the years 1942-43.
 
One was found in 1973 at Loch Ken (BRC data) and ten years later, in the same area at Lauieston one was trapped.
It was another ten years, 1993, when it was trapped at Kirkton and was annual to 1997 inclusive, with one other from 2002.
 
Other sites are Castle Loch, Lochmaben, Carsegown Moss, Bennan Hill near Mossdale, Perchall Loch SSSI and Auchencairn/Old Torr area.
 
Life cycle
One generation. Overwinters as an egg. Larvae are present April and May, with pupation taking place underground in a cocoon.
 
Larval foodplants
Birches and possibly sallows.
 
Identification
Distinctive.
 
Habitat
Fens, heathland, woodland and moorland with birch scrub.
© Keith Naylor, Perchhall Loch SSSI, 6 August 2010

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