70.200 (1883) Yellow-barred Brindle Acasis viretata (Hübner, [1799])

Status
Resident. Local.
 
Flight period
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History
Lennon (1863) stated that it was not common, but that it had occurred at Tinwald Downs (VC72).
 
Sir Arthur Duncan (1909-84) found it at Tynron during his lifetime.
 
One in June 1976 at the Newton Stewart RIS site (VC74), one in early May 1977 at the Bridge of Dee RIS site (VC73), one in mid-May 1982 at Waterside Mains RIS site (VC72) and one at the Mabie Forest RIS site in late April 1982.
 
A further two records in 2000, in early May and early August, followed by three records in May, 2001, all in Kirkcudbrightshire. In mid-May 2004 one was trapped in the northern part of Dumfriesshire, and the latest record is of one in mid-September 2010 at Kirkton (VC72). This quite distinctive moth has two generations, late April to early June and early August to mid-September.
 
Life cycle
Two generations. Overwinters as a pupa. Larvae present June to July, again, September to October.
 
Larval foodplants
Dogwood, Guelder-rose, Hawthorn, Holly and Ivy.
 
Identification
Quite distinctive. Freshly emerged adults are olive-green, but this quickly fades to a yellowish-green, which then can lead to misidentification.
 
Habitat
A broadleaved woodland species with scattered Holly.
© Richard Mearns, Kirkton, September 2010

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