73.096 (2381) The Uncertain Hoplodrina octogenaria (Goeze, 1781)

Status
Resident. Local.
 
Flight period
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History
First record was in 1974 from the Rothamsted station at Gatehouse of Fleet (VC73), and from then until 1980, eighty records were recorded there. Other RIS data was of five records from Waterside Mains at Keir (VC72), and five from Newton Stewart (VC74) in the same period with a single from Mabie Forest in 1985.
 
E. F. Hancock found it in Kilsture Forest (VC74) in 1989. Of the remaining 150 records, the regularly trapped sites at Kirkton, Kirkcudbright and Old Torr produced 110 of them, with the rest of the records coming from a wide scattering of sites across the region.
 
Life cycle
One generation. Overwinters as a larva during July to April, with pupation underground.
 
Larval foodplants
Chickweeds, docks and a wide variety of herbaceous plants.
 
Identification
Looking across the plane of the forewing it appears textured and rough-scaled. The forewings are richer in colour, appearing ochreous or yellow-brown, with a well defined median band and the reniform stigma more contrasting. Great care is needed to identify it from The Rustic.
 
Habitat
Lowland habitats including woodland and gardens.
 
Recorders' notes
Great care required to separate from The Rustic. Use Waring et al (2009) or Skinner (2009) as an aid.
© Brian Henderson, Courance, 21 July 2012

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