Monday, 30 June 2008

Vapourer



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.

3 comments:

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.