Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Ashworth's Rustic Hunt

Four of us set off up Foel Fawr this afternoon in search of Ashworth's Rustic larvae.  Despite the sun being out for a while we did not manage to find any this time but there are a couple of weeks left to continue the search.
We did however see some moths on the wing, most of which were too far away to see properly.
The tally; 2 Emperor Moths adult (m) and one early instar larva, 2 Brown Silver-line (possibly more disappearing into the distance), 3 psyche casta (only one examined was larval), 2 Neofaculta ericetella and some Oak Eggar cocoons. The latter may have been parasitized as the hole is small and very clean around the edges, not looking broken, but we are not experts at this sort of thing.
Also added some more small larvae to the 'nursery'.
Emperor Moth larva

Neofaculta ericetella

Eggar cocoons

Psyche casta

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