|Grapholita pallifrontana, Weston Underwood 1st June|
|Cochylis molliculana, Weston Underwood 1st June|
My second target for the day was Small Eggar. The adult moth flies in March and April and is quite uncommon, particularly in our area (it is a Notable B List species, so found in fewer than 100 10km squares in the UK). Although reported a little more frequently across the border in Bedfordshire, records from Bucks seem to be confined to this northern tip of the county around Olney and Lavendon. Mentioned on the blog, the example trapped near Olney back in March was the first county record for 20 years. Now is the time to look for larval webs on hedgerows and it came as a great surprise to actually find one on a mixed blackthorn and hawthorn hedge near Olney! The larvae feed gregariously until fully grown and form a protective web on which they bask in the sunshine but into which they quickly disappear if disturbed.
|Small Eggar larval web, Olney 1st June|
My final task before returning home was to find a Wood White (butterfly) in VC24 Bucks and that was accomplished easily in Salcey Forest where two individuals were seen within a few metres of the car-park. Job done!