Saturday, 11 July 2009

Moving the dots

First, two more new moths.

Small Rivulet - Perizoma alchemillata. Said to feed on Hemp Nettle. Not hereabouts, it doesn't.

The very attractive, Birch-eating, Common White Wave - Cabera pusaria:

And my newest bit of excitement....what looks to be Phytomyza albiceps on Creeping Thistle. A first Irish record if so, and the first record anywhere on this plant species. It has taken me 3 years to get this identification.

I'll need to look out for larvae in the third week of June next year to get the record confirmed.


The identification has now been modified to Phytomyza cirsii, which although scarce, isn't new to Ireland. New to Donegal, however.

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