Saturday 15 June 2013

Carcina quercana

I found around 20 of these larvae when I pruned our Viburnum tinus bush in mid May.

I put them in a pot and assumed they'd turn out to be Acleris schalleriana, as I've tapped the moth from the bush in the past, but the first adult emerged today and is Carcina quercana.

Carcina quercana
Many larvae are still feeding at present. This asynchronous development is probably typical in this species as the adults having a long flight season, from June to October.

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