Monday, 30 June 2008


Went out looking for some leafmines today and found this Vapourer caterpillar on bramble, its a beaut.The leaf mine was on beech and i presume the tennant has moved on,what is the white and is there an egg anywhere.? Also 16 Speckled wood,3 Small Heath and 14 Meadow Brown.


Paul Talbot..aka Moffman said...

Hi Andy
Its probably S. tityrella. This species almost always forms the mine between two leaf veins. All my books are in Wales so I am not sure on which surface the egg is. You should be able to see it clearly with a hand lens at the start of the mine.

charly streets said...

Yes, certainly looks like tityrella, but I wondered if the larva had been parasatoided, the mine and the frass looks very irregular?

charly streets said...

Andy, the noctuid found by Chris at Ogden that I posted on Back Garden Moths has been suggested as a Dusky Brocade as I believe you ID-ed it as.