Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Bird's-foot Trefoil, Halesowen.

Coleophora discordella (May 2011)
Six-spot Burnet (May 2015)

In between showers yesterday I checked my introduced Bird's-foot Trefoil for moth larvae and was pleased to find five Six-spot Burnet larvae and two of Coleophora discordella. The plants were introduced about 6 years ago from a brownfield site which was about to be developed and I have seen C. discordella larvae every year since, although in small numbers only. Six-spot Burnet and also Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet were both recorded in the garden for the first time in 2014 (I also have Red Clover and Meadow Vetchling for the latter).  Patrick Clement

Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet (Left)
Six-spot Burnet (Right) 2014

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