70.215 (1897) The V-moth Macaria wauaria (Linnaeus, 1758)

Status
Resident. Scarce.
 
Flight period
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History
Lennon (1863) had found it common everywhere around the Dumfries area. Gordon (1919) stated it was curiously scarce. He added that he knew of only one worn specimen taken at dusk in his garden, Corsemalzie, Wigtownshire, on 10th August 1898.
 
Sir Arthur Duncan (1909-84) during his lifetime had found four specimens at Tynron during the 1950s (VC72), all at National Museums Scotland.
 
During 1976-77 there were eight records from the Rothamsted station at Newton Stewart (VC74), with two records from the Waterside Mains, Keir site during the same period.
 
K. P. Bland found it at Bridge of Dee in July 1979, but since then, there are only three records, and all from Durisdeer, 1998-2001.
 
Life cycle
One generation. Overwinters as an egg. Larvae are present mid-April to mid-June, with pupation among the leaves of the foodplant in a cocoon.
 
Larval foodplants
Black Currant, Gooseberry and Red Currant.
 
Identification
Unmistakeable.
 
Habitat
Allotments and gardens mainly.
© Keith Naylor per A B Duncan, Tynron, 20 July 1954

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