70.038 (1716) The Vestal Rhodometra sacraria (Linnaeus, 1767)

Status
Immigrant. Scarce.
 
Flight period
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History
There were a couple of records in the late 1970s trapped at the Rothamsted station at Gatehouse and one in 1985 at Mabie Forest, also RIS data, but since then it has been recorded more frequently through the 1990s and 21st century, mainly in Dumfriesshire (VC72).
 
This mirrors recording from Northern Ireland where prior to 1990 they had had only four records, with the majority since.
 
Life cycle
Breeds continuously in southern Europe and North Africa. Unable to overwinter. It has twice been recorded in late June and once in early July, otherwise August to October is its main flight period.
 
Larval foodplants
Knotgrass.
 
Identification
The delta wing position with plain colour and an inverted V across the wings makes it readily identifiable. The obliques stripe that runs across the wing to the apex can vary in colour, as can the forewing colour.
 
Habitat
Open sunny places with warmth.
 © Keith Naylor, Auchenskeock, 27 September 2010

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