Sunday, 17 October 2010

Map Winged Swift larva 16 10 10



Found this restless Map Winged Swift larva on Whiteholme Drain yesterday,at 39mm must be looking for a spot for the winter,and hopefully emerge next spring,as theres no bracken in this area,must have fed on roots of other plants ! poss grasses,there are a few creeping thistles and heather in area where found,it could rapidly move backwards,which when you think about it could be usefull living in a tunnel below ground ! Bri.

5 comments:

AndyC said...

Nice one Bri,anything on the wing up there..?

brian leecy said...

No nowt on the wing,lots of coleophora cases on mainly heath rush also juncus,but not quite as prolific on the latter.

Steve Blacksmith said...

I found a couple of those monster larvae in a rotten log in my garden once. Thought they looked like beetle larvae.

brian leecy said...

Hi Steve,you havent any pics or details of those you found ? they could well have been beetle larva/ or moth species,also some types of cranefly larva can be found in rotten logs,regards Bri.

Steve Blacksmith said...

Sorry Bri,
I found them when I was busy doing something else, so I only have the mental picture, but they were very similar to your larvae - big, white, with shiny brown heads. Didn't memorise their legs. They were right in with the soft brown rotten wood which I was scooping out to add to my home made potting compost. I'll look again when I'm out there.