Monday, 14 August 2017

A couple of stigmellas.....

I've spent quite a while over the years searching for Stigmella myrtillella after Paul seemed to have such success in finding mines at several sites. Finally, after a walk up to Norland village on a glorious summer's day yesterday, I came across this one in among the countless, fungal infected Bilberry leaves. As Paul rightly said, it's best searched for on south or south-east facing slopes.

More easily found was this Rose Leaf Miner mining my garden rose bush. I watched it over the course of a few days as the mine developed and then took it indoors to rear through as the mine neared completion.
A couple of days ago the adult emerged - all 3mm of it. Thankfully it posed quite well for a few minutes allowing me to get my first decent shot of a Nepticulid.
Normally they rarely stay still during daylight hours.



3 comments:

Gordon Jackson said...

Congratulation of finding Stigmella myrtillella Charlie, it's been worth the wait, your perseverance does you credit.

Andrew Cockroft said...

Well done ..good to know there still around...

charlie streets said...

Be nice to hear from other field lepidopterists in Calderdale that are interested in leaf miners.There must be so many sites that are totally untouched by leaf miner recorders, the potential for making new discoveries is huge. It's so easy to get in to and quite often the best finds can be right on your doorstep.