Saturday, 19 February 2011

Limnaecia phragmitella ?

The Limnaecia phragmitella  larvae have multiplied over the last few days to at least 20 and are very active,do they pupate in the seed head or do they need a bit of compost.??

5 comments:

charlie streets said...

I made several small holes in an undisturbed seed head and dropped them in. They soon burrowed back inside and have now left them sleeved, outside until June.

charlie streets said...

On my last trip to Tag Loop I also collected some Teasel heads and on opening two up today I found larvae of Endothenia marginana - a nice surprise.

AndyC said...

there are about 30 larvae all over the tub nowand the seed heads hve exploded all over the place.
i collected about 8 teasle heads from Northowram with no luck.so well done with yours.

charlie streets said...

According to UK moths they don't pupate until June under normal conditions. I'm not sure if they'll be in their final instars yet?

You could try some compost - if that's what they need they'll soon let you know.

Personally I'd grab a couple of new,intact seed heads and let them go back to overwintering.

AndyC said...

Found a massive patch of reed today at Milner royd just down from the tip in Sowerby Bridge .Its very extencive and easy to get at.So I got a couple of heads for larvae to use..good plan...