Friday, 29 June 2012

Early stages: Mompha epilobiella

Plenty of larval spinnings around on various Epilobium species at the moment.  The larva is much lighter than that of M. conturbatella which also forms spinnings in this way.  Most of the M. epilobiella larvae I've found recently have been in terminal shoots, so you need to check the larvae closely to separate these two species.

Larval spinning
Mompha epilobiella larval spinning

Larval spinning with frass just visible
Mompha epilobiella larval spinning and frass

The larva eating its way down the shoot
Mompha epilobiella larva (3)

Mompha epilobiella larva


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