Sunday, 5 October 2014

1st attempt at leaf mines (part 2)

Here is the second batch from my leaf mine hunt this afternoon:
1.Stigmella tityrella (on beech)
2.Stigmella hemargyrella (on beech)


3.Phyllonorycter messaniella (on beech)
4. Stigmella plagicolella (on blackthorn)


5.Deltaornix torquillella (on blackthorn)
Larva of previous exposed for id purposes 

5 comments:

  1. The last one is Phyllonorycter spinicolella. The Deltaornix/Parornix species make a smaller mine and then feed in a folded leaf edge, so a large blotch mine like this one will always be Phyllonorycter. (NB: the mine has caused the leaf edge to turn over, which might explain the confusion).

    The others look fine to me but we'll see what Sam thinks!

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  2. OK, thanks again George - there's a lot to learn!

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  3. I agree on all counts. The Blackthorn Phyllo mine is classically long - much shorter in Delatornix/Parornix.

    Stigmella plagicolella is a good one for mine novices to look for, as it's very distinctive and is commonplace on Blackthorn. I was thinking of posting a photo today.

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  4. Stick with it Vaughn - it doesn't take too long to learn the common and easily identified ones, and it's a great way to record a lot of species at this time of year.

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