Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Holly Blue...on Ivy

Now is a good time to look for eggs and larvae of Holly Blue on Ivy flowers. I found two larvae (plus egg shells) and two unhatched eggs on Ivy growing on the back of our garden fence this evening.

The larvae are still small - the white eggs stand out better, and you can see feeding damage where the larvae have bored into flower buds. They seem to prefer flowers growing in semi-shaded positions.

They'll probably be more obvious in a couple of weeks when the larvae are bigger and the feeding damage more obvious.

Larva and egg case

Larva and egg case


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