|Cochylis hybridella, Westcott 5th October|
|Magpie, Westcott 5th October|
While dog-walking between downpours this afternoon I checked out our village's solitary London Plane. As usual at this time of the year it is covered in active mines of Phyllonorycter platani, as well as a few from Phyllonorycter leucographella which I've not noticed on it before (both species appear on the photo of a leaf upper-side below, the latter being the two smaller brownish mines on the left side of the picture).
|Phyllonorycter mines on London Plane, 6th October|
Of more interest, though, was the discovery of several vacated mines of Antispila treitschkiella on nearby hedgerow Dogwood. The smaller size of the oval cut-out (which the larva uses to form its cocoon) is what distinguishes the mines of this species from those of the rather similar Antispila metalella which uses the same food-plant.
|Mine of Antispila treitschkiella on Dogwood, 6th October|