Sunday, 23 February 2014

More Leaf-miners

Back on 27th January I paid a visit to the far north of Bucks, going to the section of Salcey Forest which for recording purposes lies within VC24 (even though it is administratively part of Northants now).  While there I spent five minutes beneath an oak tree picking up a dozen or so soggy fallen leaves which had obvious unbroken blister mines in them.  I brought the leaves home, put them in a large yogurt tub and placed them on a north-facing window-sill indoors.  Two moths emerged today, one being Phyllonorycter harrisella and the other Phyllonorycter quercifoliella.  Both are common and widespread species but for a minimal amount of effort that's two records for the Bucks moth database from a very under-recorded area.  Dave Wilton

Phyllonorycter harrisella, Salcey Forest
Phyllonorycter quercifoliella, Salcey Forest

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