The recent weather also means that the frequency of early stage finds is increasing, with plenty of larvae to be found, their location betrayed by the distorting effects of their spinnings in many cases.
I have tentative IDs for these, any suggestions welcome though, and hopefully will be able to rear them through to adulthood.
Anthophila fabriciana? On Stinging Nettle
Pandemis corylana? On Bramble
Thursday, 13 March 2014
Tuesday, 4 March 2014
The Rosemary bushes in my garden are covered in dozens of easy to spot larval spinnings of Epiphyas postvittana: if this is anything to go by, it looks like this moth will be extremely abundant this year.
Sunday, 2 March 2014
Lots of very active larvae of Bucculatrix nigricomella on the Oxeye Daisy plants in the garden this week: both of young, mining larvae and later free-living stages. This species took my 2014 total to over 50, achieved by the last day of February.