Thursday 3 December 2015

Phyllonorycter lantanella

There are still a few leaf mines to be found, with the mild weather leading to some trees keeping hold of their leaves for much longer than usual. The Wayfaring trees in the Alun Valley had lots of mines of Phyllonorycter lantanella on their leaves yesterday. They seem to particularly like the young bushes which are regenerating in the plots managed for High Brown Fritillary. Some leaves were coevered in mines - it's hard to say how many there are in the photo below, maybe seven?

Phyllonorycter lantanella
Given the abundance of Wayfaring tree at the site, including some large bushes, it seems surprising that Orange-tailed Clearwing hasn't been recorded there. Maybe some pheromone luring required.

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