|Four-dotted Footman, Westcott 23rd June|
Rather pleasingly, Argyresthia cupressella and Argyresthia curvella were both completely new species for the garden. A recent immigrant from North America, the former appears to be only the second occasion that it has been recorded in Bucks. It was a tiny moth and not in the best of condition, only being found because I persevered in searching through the detritus of fried flies, etc lurking in the bottom of the trap!
|Argyresthia cupressella, Westcott 20th June|
|Argyresthia curvella, Westcott 20th June|
Another completely new species for the garden was found on the 24th in the shape of an active leaf-mine on birch of Stigmella lapponica (egg on underside, greenish larva with brown head, early part of mine filled with dark green frass).
|Mine on birch of Stigmella lapponica, Westcott 24th June|