Sunday, 21 April 2013

Have you twigged yet?

Whilst the images in this post might not be much to write home about, I was very pleased to find this as it was a new species for me.  This moth is rather scarce but is surely under-recorded.

Lampronia fuscatella - gall on Birch Lampronia fuscatella - opened gall on Birch Lampronia fuscatella - gall on Birch

This was on the first branch I looked closely at and was the only one I found despite searching for a further 15 mins or so, in the pouring rain at Elhampark Woods, East Kent.

Monday, 15 April 2013

Early stages: Scrobipalpa instabilella

One from the salt marsh for a change. There were hundreds and hundreds of these on Sea Purslane on the Medway Estuary near Oare yesterday, the feeding signs and larval spinnings are very obvious, so if you are near any salt marsh this is certainly one worth keeping an eye out for.

  Scrobipalpa instabilella tenanted mines
Scrobipalpa instabilella larva 
 Scrobipalpa instabilella mines

Friday, 12 April 2013

Early stages: Ectoedemia heringella

It is still worth checking Quercus ilex for leaf mines: I found dozens of these tenanted mines (and hundreds vacated) yesterday evening, here in East Kent. This moth is known to be spreading from London and the South East, so worth keeping an eye out. Ectoedemia heringella tenanted leaf mine Ectoedemia heringella leaf mines Ectoedemia heringella leaf mines On the same tree also watch out for Phyllonorycter messaniella, Stigmella suberivora and old mines of Acrocercops brongniardella - these were all present on the trees I searched yesterday.

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Just in case

A bit of searching has yielded dividends over the last few days.

Plenty of Coleophora albitarsella on Ground Ivy, particularly that growing in the shelter of Bramble.

Coleophora albitarsella larval case Coleophora albitarsella larval case

And this needle in a haystack on a lichen-covered Oak tree close to home today - Narycia duplicella

  Narycia duplicella - larval case
  Narycia duplicella - larval case