Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Phyllocnistis unipunctella at Shipley Station

More half-term leaf-mining this morning resulted in this Phyllocnistis unipunctella on a Black Poplar in the car park of Shipley Station.

Saturday, 23 October 2010

Coleophora lusciniaepennella, Stigmella salicis, Stigmella trimaculella

I went back to Ben Rhydding Gravel Pits to establish exactly which species of willow the Stigmella salicis larvae are mining. I am now confident that this is Salix cinerea. I did also find vacated mines on Salix caprea where I also found another Coleophora lusciniaepennella case-bearing larva.
This morning I found a new species for me in the form of Stigmella trimaculella on the roadside poplars opposite Otley Garden Centre.

Saturday, 16 October 2010

Stripping the Willow

I had a productive hour at Ben Rhydding Gravel Pits this morning searching a couple of willow trees for leafmines. I even found a pale brown tortrix moth on the under-surface of a leaf but clumsily failed to pot it.
I think the case-bearer is probably Coleophora lusciniaepennella which is a new species for me.

The contorted mine with larva still present is likely to be Stigmella salicis.
The empty cone formed at the leaf tip could have been made by Caloptilia stigmatella?

Friday, 15 October 2010

Grete Herball

Fungi ben mussherooms; there be two manners of them, one manner is deedley and slayeth them that eateth them and be called tode stoles, and the other doeth not.
These fungi were photographed in Middleton Woods, near Ilkley, today.
To see some much better fungi photographs, have a look at Dean's site here.

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

A Comma emerges

The long promised sunny spell finally arrived on Sunday 10th October and after watching a Comma nectaring on my Sedum spectabile I noticed another one emerging from its chrysalis on the Hop.