Some recent hatchings

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Some recent hatchings

Postby bobhelencoan on Thu Mar 18, 2021 3:08 pm

Little action with the traps so far this year but a few moths have hatched, sadly far too early for the species.
We found three Mullein larva last year and hoped to breed them through knowing they could take up to five years. Unfortunatley to our suprise two hatched in February and did not survive for long.
A leaf mine from Elm produced a Phyllonorycter schreberella and from a oak leaves with folds have emerged a couple of Caloptilia, probabaly robustella as dissection before has shown that to be our local species. Photos attached.
Hopefully our moths that have hatched from crab apple leaves will enable a positive ID for Phyllonorycter blancardella or hostis to be made. Again these hatching are very early and the moths had already died when I discovered they had hatched. There are several photos of each moth.
Looking forward to warmer weather. Bob & Helen
Caloptilia alchiniella  2   16th Mar P1000668.JPG
Caloptilia Alc/rob? 2
Caloptilia  alchimiella1 P1000662.JPG
Caloptilia robustella? alchimiella 2
Phyllo 1b P1000626.JPG
moth 1b
Phyllo 1c P1000627.JPG
moth 1c
Phyllo 2a P1000672.JPG
moth 2a
Phyllo 2b P1000674.JPG
moth 2b
Phyllo 2c P1000676.JPG
moth 2c
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Re: Some recent hatchings

Postby stevehind on Fri Mar 19, 2021 10:38 am

Hi Bob & Helen
Your Caloptilia does look more like robustella.
I am sure that your first Phyllonorycter is blancardella, although not certain about number two.
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