Monday 24 June 2013

Miner season shifts up a gear

The number of miners is now steadily on the rise. Here are some of the latest finds... Antispila metalella tenanted mine
 Antispila metalella mine in Dogwood
  Lyonetia clerkella mine
Lyonetia clerkella mine on Hawthorn
  Stigmella hybnerella mine
Stigmella hybnerella mine on Hawthorn
  Phyllonorycter oxyacanthae leaf mine Phyllonorycter oxyacanthae mine on Hawthorn Phyllonorycter oxyacanthae leaf mine underside Phyllonorycter oxyacanthae mine on Hawthorn - underside

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...

Friday 7 June 2013

Rear we go again...

The larvae I have collected over recent weeks and months continue to pupate and emerge quite regularly now, with the latest arrival being this little gem - Ptycholoma lecheana.

Ptycholoma lecheana reared ex larva on Sallow

This really illustrates one of the many things that make it all worthwhile - extremely fresh specimens that tend to pose quite readily

Monday 3 June 2013

Consonant, consonant, consonant, another consonant...

No not a tricky letter choice on Countdown but the start of the name of one of my favourite micros that came to the garden trap last night.

There aren't many words, let alone moths, that have to wait until the fifth letter of their name to use a vowel but Phtheochroa rugosana is one such example.  Hard to spell, never mind pronounce, but a stunning moth and one I look forward to each year.  This one was hiding under the trap this morning.

Phtheochroa rugosana