Sunday, 26 May 2013

Just like Christmas

Sadly, I am not referring to the opening of my trap as would usually be the case at this time of year, but success in rearing through a lifer.

Ancylis laetana reared ex larva

Ancylis laetana - larval leaf roll

The analogy to Christmas is that I did not know exactly which larva this was when I collected it last Autumn.  The larva eventually pupated and hence it was a perfect little 'present' all neatly packaged up.

On checking the nursery this morning I was greeted by a very fresh Ancylis laetana, a moth I had never recorded before, so the surprise was even better.

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