70.172 (1843) Thyme Pug Eupithecia distinctaria Herrich-Schäffer, 1848 

Status
Resident. Rare.
 
Flight period
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History
Gordon (1919) took one while it was flying at dusk near the Malzie Burn, Corsemalzie (VC74) on 4th August 1895. K. J. Morton of Edinburgh (1900) whilst on a visit in July 1899 to Wigtownshire had found this species in the Monreith area.
 
The next came on 13th June 1974 when one was caught at Portling (VC73) while another was found in 1998, when it was trapped at Castle Loch, Lochmaben, and verified by NMS. Five years later in 2003 two were trapped: one at Mersehead (VC73), the other at Port Kale (VC74), again verified by NMS.
 
Confirmed for VC72 in Riley & Prior (2003) with status unclear for VC74.
 
Life cycle
One generation. Overwinters as a pupa. Larvae are present August and September.
 
Larval foodplants
Larvae feed on the flowers of Wild Thyme.
 
Identification
The small size, grey forewing colour with bold black spots on the costa and black central dash, combine to make it unique.
 
Habitat
Steep, rocky coastal cliffs that are warm, also, limestone quarries and partly vegetated sand-dunes.
 
Recorders' notes
Specimen or quality photo required for record acceptance.
© Keith Naylor per A B Duncan, Portling, 13 June 1974
© Richard Mearns, Rascarrel, July 2015.

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