Sunday, 11 January 2015

Hints and Tips. Parsnip Moth

Micro-moth field tips...Parsnip Moth Depressaria radiella (was heraclei, was pastinacella!). This is a very easy moth to record when you're out and about. The larva feeds on the seeds of hogweed in summer. The larva then enters the stem leaving this characteristic hole. If you open the stem, the vacated pupa should be not too far away from the hole. As in the photo there may be more than more larva per stem. This was found today at Chorlton Water Park.

Micro-moth field tips...Parsnip Moth, Depressaria radiella (was heraclei, was pastinacella!). This is an easy moth to record when you're out and about.
The larva feeds on the seeds of hogweed in summer.
The larva then enters the stem leaving this characteristic hole, top picture. If you open the stem, the vacated pupa should not be too far away from the hole.
There may be more than one larva per stem.

Photos and tips from Ben Smart. (Lancs)

2 comments:

  1. Thanks Ina, I'll keep an eye out for both of them.

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  2. More tips to follow, but won't over-load you Chloe!

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