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Wednesday, 17 September 2014
Marsh Fritillaries (and other insects) at Cross Hands
We did the annual Marsh Fritillary larval web count at our Caeau Ffos Fach / Median Farm reserve yesterday, and had a good total of 262 webs. The site hasn't been grazed for a few years and has been getting rank, but cattle have gone on recently and will hopefully graze back some of the grass tussocks this autumn.
Marsh Fritillary larvae
I also found a Small Chocolate-tip larva in a spinning on Aspen, and a gall and emergence hole made by the larva of the tiny plume Adania microdactyla in a stem of Hemp Agrimony (worth looking for these at the moment anywhere with good stands of the plant).