Thursday, 11 October 2018

Oecophora bractella larva

I visited Graig Wood in the Wye Valley yesterday with 4 NRW colleagues to discuss the provision of deadwood in NRW managed forestry in/adjacent to SSSIs. We prised off some bark on a fallen Beech to look for bettles and spotted this micromoth larva (photographed by Rob Bacon).  It's Oecophora bractella - one of the Wye Valley's special inverts - being too dark for the commoner Esperia sulphurella and with the head the wrong shape for the much rarer Dasycera oliviella.

1 comment:

  1. Great stuff, I've been meaning to look for larvae of this species in the Wye Valley.


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