Friday, 30 April 2010

To-morrow to fresh woods, and pastures new.

Having read about Larch Case-bearer (Coleophora laricella) on Charlie Streets' blog I decided to go and find some for myself. I explored the woodland on Otley Chevin until I located a couple of European Larch (Larix decidua)trees with branches close enough to the ground to be accessible. It didn't take long to find larval cases of Coleophora laricella.
The Larch is a native of central and east European mountains and was not introduced to Britain until circa 1629.................when John Milton was alive.

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