Sunday, 9 June 2013

Yp, Yp hooray

Have been busy searching for larval stages of the monochrome marvels that are the Yponomeutidae and have so far managed to find three species all within 50 yards of home. A sample of each has been collected for rearing, so watch this space...

Yponomeuta plumbella larva
Yponomeuta plumbella larva ex mine on Spindle

Yponomeuta padella larvae Yponomeuta padella larvae on Hawthorn

Yponomeuta cagnagella  larva Yponomeuta cagnagella in communal web on Spindle

The 'top prize' of Y. irrorella still eludes me but it must be out here amongst this lot somewhere as a handful of adults have been turning up in the garden each year for the past four years, the search continues...

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