Monday, 23 February 2009

Ivy Tip

1002 Lozotaenia forsterana
I found a couple of occupied leaves on Ivy (Hedera) this morning here in N.Wales containing larva of this species. Its a species I have looked for in the past in Yorkshire in its larval stage but never found until today here in Wales. Lots of the older leaves on the plants I searched had old feeding signs so I assume the larva moves from leaf to leaf whilst feeding. The only occupied leaves I found were on the newer green growth. I also found some spun together leaves which I think have E.postvittana larva in them. Much more detail of L.forsterana can be seen on Ian Kimbers UK Moths website at Lots of detailed images by Ben Smart appear showing the full larval stages and the adult.
PHOTO Curtesy of Ben Smart

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