Thursday, 21 March 2013

Early stages: Elachista apicipunctella

Well I didn't have long to wait to confirm the ID of the Elachista sp. larvae found mining Dactylis on the 2nd March.

Elachista apicipunctella mine on Dactylis
Mine on Dactylis - housed two larvae

Elachista apicupunctella larva - pre-pupation, ex mine on Dactylis
One of the larvae, pre-pupation

The larvae duly pupated a couple of days later and today, 21st March, the adults emerged...confirming the ID as E. apicupunctella.

Elachista apicupunctella reared ex mine on Dactylis


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