...or, recent success with mines of a couple of rare/uncommon Ectoedemia species in East Kent.
A few weeks ago, was very fortunate to find a single tenanted mine of Ectoedemia arcuatella on Fragaria vesca, Spinney Wood, Aylesham, East Kent. Apparently only the fourth record for Kent (second for East Kent, VC15) with the last back in 1975. This paucity of records had given rise to questions as to whether this should now be classified as an extinct, former resident of Kent. Certainly one worth looking out for.
More recently, also found tenanted mines of the pRDB3 species, Ectoedemia agrimoniae on Agrimony, North Downs Way, nr Patrixbourne, East Kent. Good numbers were present on a large clump of Agrimony, all with the characteristic cocoon inside the mine. This has less than 20 records in the Kent database, so is another one worth searching for.
Been on tenterhooks all week, fingers crossed that this moth would emerge...
But rewinding a week or so, just beyond my garden I found an unusual mine on Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) whilst I was actually collecting Parornix mines to rear. On rechecking the pot, the typical Lyonetia pupa hammock could be seen fastened to the sides.
All things pointed to one moth, but I wanted to be 100%. As the pupa developed, the chevron like markings on the forewing could clearly be seen, so far so good.
And lo and behold the male emerged 16th September, confirming the existence of Lyonetia prunifoliella in East Kent.
These diminutive guys really do put the micro into micromoth.
Over recent days the Eriocrania species I collected as mines 10 months ago have begun to emerge and they are well worth a little rearing effort:
Eriocrania cicatricella ex mine on Birch
Eriocrania semipurpurella ex mine on Birch
The mines of the various Eriocraniidae will start to appear over the next few weeks (some species earlier than others of course) and I certainly recommend a spot of mine hunting and even a bit of rearing through, they're not that difficult, you just have a long time to wait.