Monday, 6 June 2016

Bilberry Pug - 1st Yorkshire record.

Every now and then I'll pick two plants and try and rear stuff exclusively from those. This year it was the turn of Bilberry and Cowberry - things are going quite well.


First and only moth so far on Bilberry emerged this morning - it's a Bilberry Pug which has a nice greenish hue when freshly emerged. It was found as a larva in N.Dean wood on May 16th this year. It's the first record for Yorkshire with no previous, confirmed records.

Three species on Cowberry have emerged so far all from larvae found at Norland earlier this year:
Olethreutes mygindiana are generally common and easy to find.

Rhopobota ustomaculana is a new one for me despite the larvae been quite numerous this year.

Some Cowberry plants can have several Phyllonorycter junoniella mines on each sprig - adult above.



6 comments:

Colin D said...

NIce selection Charlie

AndyC said...

Bilberry pug is a very smart looking moth..must be on Norland as well.?? Great find..2 new Pugs in a week just goes to shows whats out there if you have time to look.......brilliant

charlie streets said...

Makes me wonder if Bilberry Pugs are only weakly attracted to light and are much more widespread than records suggest.

David Sutcliffe said...

Great stuff Charlie - nice 'detective' work there paid off.

AndyC said...

In Waringn says comes to light in large numbers.?? What sort of trees is the bilberry surrounded by ?

charlie streets said...

Must be quite a scarce species in general then.
Not sure which part of the wood the larvae was found as I walked the full length but the area just below Norland clough looks ideal - plenty of Bilberry with birch and oak cover. Waring says "easily swept at night"...............