Sycamore New for Garden

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Sycamore New for Garden

Postby melbellingham on Sun Jul 07, 2019 10:04 am

Not only is the Sycamore Acronicta aceris NFG, but it is also the first time I have ever caught one in my own trap.

I first encountered Sycamore at Lulworth Cove in Dorset, in September 2009, when I spotted a final instar larva crawling across a boulder, presumably looking for a pupation site.

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Sycamore Moth larva - Lulworth Cove - 2009

In 2013, I was with others trapping at Wicken Fen, when I saw my first adult, caught by one of the group. Since then I have seen a couple more, but it can’t get any better than my own record in my garden. I found it on the wall adjacent to last night’s trap (06/07/2019).

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Sycamore - 06 07 2019

In a catch of 19 species (down from 31 the previous night) I also recorded Short-cloaked Moth Nola cucullatella and Pammene regiana both NFY.

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Re: Sycamore New for Garden

Postby JulianB on Sun Jul 07, 2019 11:34 am

Not a moth we've ever had in our garden, but I certainly wouldn't mind if we did. The caterpillar is stunning. I'd assumed with a name like Sycamore it couldn't possibly actually eat Sycamore (as it would be very abundant) - but it does, so hopefully it would feel at home in the huge, tasty sycamore at the front of our house. It seems to be spreading, so here's hoping!

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Re: Sycamore New for Garden

Postby SteveH on Mon Jul 08, 2019 9:43 am

Hi folks,

whilst Sycamore remains a distinct VC58 rarity, recent evidence suggests its getting marginally more common - there's been two or three others already this year.

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Re: Sycamore New for Garden

Postby Greg on Mon Jul 08, 2019 10:09 am

Yes, I have had singles for the last three years. Non before.

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