72.017 (2026) The Vapourer Orgyia antiqua (Linnaeus, 1758)

Status
Resident. Scarce.
 
Flight period
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History
Somerville (1858) had found the larvae whilst on a visit to the Moffat area in August of that year on birch and had bred it on. Lennon (1863) stated it as common everywhere. Douglas Robinson (1870-71) had also found the larvae abundant in July and August on Almorness where he lived, with the imago out in September. Gordon (1913) had found it fairly common on all the moors around Corsemalzie, Wigtownshire, and also at Garheugh Rocks on the Luce Bay, late September 1898. In mid-August 1895 he had found the larvae plentiful on bracken on Low Quhillart Moor, Corsemalzie. MOGBI, however, had no record of it for VC74.
 
Cunningham (1950) had a record from Mabie Forest on 22nd August 1949. A handful of records from the early 1970s followed, Cairnsmore of Fleet, Gatehouse of Fleet, SIlver Flowe, Loch Stroan and Glentrool being the sites. In the second half of that decade it was found near Gretna (VC72).
 
From 1992 to 2009 most of the twenty records came from Dumfriesshire, with seven from Kirkcudbrightshire and a single from Wigtownshire at Torrs Warren.
 
Life cycle
One generation. Overwinters as an egg. Larvae are present May to early September.
 
Larval foodplants
Most broadleaved trees that are native.
 
Identification
Male is unmistakeable. Female is flightless.
 
Habitat
Open woodland, heathland, moorland, gardens and parks.
Eggs and a larva reared from them. © Peter Norman, Torrs Warren, April & June 2009
© John Clark, Moffat, 17 July 2014

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