Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Phyllocnistis saligna

Despite over an hour of rain just after dark, more than 100 species were trapped here in the garden at Westcott last night but the only new item was Phyllocnistis saligna, unless Peter Hall's microscope can turn a fairly large pug or a small gelechiid into something interesting (both are quite worn specimens).  Numbers wise, Agriphila straminella and Pleuroptya ruralis/Mother of Pearl are currently out-performing everything else, with totals of 70 and 48 respectively last night.  Common Rustic agg. managed 22 individuals but no other macros got past 20.  It is good to see Dusky Thorn doing quite well yet again with 16 recorded to date in the garden, already more July records than I've ever had before.  Theoretically at least, it should keep going until late-September.

Phyllocnistis saligna, Westcott 25th July

Dave Wilton
Westcott, Bucks        

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