Saturday, 5 June 2010

Hawthorn Shieldbug

I had a wander around my back garden at lunchtime today and found this Shieldbug sitting on a raspberry leaf. Having looked at a couple of websites I suspect that it may be Hawthorn Shieldbug which seems to have a rather unfortunate species name: Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale.
I have only recorded Green Shieldbug and Forest Bug in the garden before so it's nice to get a new one.
I also spotted a Caloptilia syringella on my Purging Buckthorn and what was probably Glyphipterix simplicella on the seed-head of a long blade of grass.

A micro moth larva is eating my Agrimony (Agrimonia eupatoria). I am assuming it is a micro because it did the classic wriggling backwards manouvre when threatened. No doubt it will turn out to be a common polyphage like the ubiquitous Epiphyas postvittana but I will keep tabs on it anyway.

I have noticed several E. postvittana adults over the last few days, one of which had spent its larval period consuming Rhododendron.


After several days of worrying inactivity the first of my WLH larvae has pupated and is fastened to a leaf by a girdle of silk. The shed skin can also be seen adjacent to the, still hairy, pupa.

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