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2162 ~ Glaucous Shears ~ Papestra biren
UK Status

Resident and suspected migrant. Local SW,WC,N

Montgomeryshire Status

Rarely recorded. When found at Llandinam Gravels in 2011 it was the first county sighting for 34 years.  Then 3 days later, another was trapped at Commins Coch. Since then we have had a few more records coming from scattered sites, mainly from the south of the county.

Wingspan :  M & F, 32-40mm.

Confusion species

None.
Flight time (Montgomeryshire)

Habitat

Moorland.

Foodplant

Bog myrtle, meadowsweet, creeping willow, bilberry and heather.

Lifestage data

Overwinters as a pupa underground. Larva June-August, feeds mostly at night.
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Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by MDH, 23rd Apr 2011, Llandinam Gravels

Photo by PRW, 26th Apr 2011, Commins Coch