Sunday, 25 October 2015

Garden list additions

Leaf-fall seems to be happening quickly this year and there isn't all that much left to look at in our garden, but I did still manage to find two leaf-miners today which are completely new for the garden list.  Some grazed areas on the leaf of a cultivated rose prompted me to turn it over and there was an early case of Coleophora gryphipennella.  Three more cases were found elsewhere on the same plant.  A detailed search of our hornbeam hedge produced, as usual, many active and vacated mines of Stigmella microtheriella but amongst them I also found a small number of active mines of Stigmella floslactella.  A couple of the latter species have been retained in order to try and rear an adult, just to make sure that they aren't the much rarer Stigmella carpinella (not yet known from Bucks).

Coleophora gryphipennella, Westcott 25th October

Stigmella floslactella, Westcott 25th October
Dave Wilton
Westcott, Bucks


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