Monday, 9 April 2012

Timothy Tortix larva

I was out at the Denso Marston Nature Reserve looking for caterpillars on the various grasses.

Although my target species were the leaf-mining members of the Elachista family I was still pleased to find this tortrix larva hiding in spun-together blades of grass on the banks of The River Aire.

I suspect that it is the polyphagous Aphelia paleana but will rear it through to check.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Derek, I'll be interested to see which species you find mining grass. Apart from a couple Elachistas on reeds the only other mines I've found on grasses have been dipterous.The mines seem hard to differentiate from diseased or damaged blades and easily overlooked.