Monday, 18 March 2019

Mid February to Mid March

Emerging Hibernators 

Over the past weeks traveling and trapping around a couple of woodlands a few overwintering micro's have emerged. Some were out of hibernation even before the unusual warm spell encountered towards the end of February.
I have seen them in low numbers admittedly but at least they are out there.
The best of the lot for me was this Red-letter Flat-body- Agonopterix ocellana which I've never seen before at central southern Wentwood. This may be a new site for it possibly, who knows.

Agonopterix heraclina

 Ypsolopha ustella

Agonopterix ocellana

With the Red-letter Flat-body- Agonopterix ocellana feeding on various Salix trees; Willows, I would have thought it would have been more commonly recorded especially around coastal areas and indeed inland, around water courses. 

1 comment:

  1. There are 22 VC35 records of Agonopterix ocellana, and none from the Wentwood area. I'm sure you're right that it's widespread along river valleys, but most of the records are from the coast/levels.


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