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Monday, 17 August 2015
Another good reason to check Fleabane
Following on from George's Apodia bifractella post on the GMRG blog I found some larvae in Fleabane flower heads at NBGW which I identified as Ptocheuusa paupella and kept for rearing on. A couple of days ago I found more larvae at Whiteford (easily spotted by irregularities in the disc of the flower) and when checking my NBGW collection was surprised to find three had already emerged, clearly I'd collected pupae as well as larvae. Note that Apodia larvae are white and minimally sclerotised around the head area, whereas Ptocheuusa has a lot of black.
Posted by Barry Stewart