Friday, 2 May 2008

Twenty-plume Moth (Alucita hexadactyla)




Lots of the adults of this species around in my garden on Honeysuckle at the moment. Anywhere in Calderdale that has Honeysuckle (including cultivated forms in gardens etc) should have adults on it now. I watch this species every year in the garden at this time on my various Honeysuckle cultivars. The life stages are easy to find and its especially easy to find as larvae over the next few weeks. All you need to do is find Honeysuckle in Flower and look for either a hole chewed in an unopened flower or look for an unopened but rather dirty off white looking flower (caused by the larva's frass).




Ben Smarts image shows the damage rather well.

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